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He lived as none but he has lived

He lived as none but he has lived

Author: Nicholas Breton
Published in 4 hymnals

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He lived as none but he has lived,
That wisest Teacher from above;
He died as none but he has died,—
His every act an act of love.

His fervent piety was breathed
To the lone waste, the desert hill;
And in the haunts of men he sought
To do his Heavenly Father’s will.

He preached the gospel to the poor,
Beside the couch of anguish stood,
Consoled the sufferer, healed the sick,
And went about still doing good.

With sinners he conversed, and gave
Peace to the weary, troubled mind;
Yet free from stain till life’s last hour,
In him his foes no fault could find.

Born ’midst the humblest sons of earth,
All earth’s temptations he withstood;
And yet all human praise renounced,
Declaring God alone is good.



Source: A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion (15th ed.) #125

Author: Nicholas Breton

Breton, Nicholas, second son of William Breton, of Red Cross Street, Cripplegate, London, probably born about 1542-3. His father's will, proved in 1559, shows that at his death, his eldest son was still a boy, and that in the event of his death, Nicholas was not to inherit until he was 24. It appears that he resided for some time at Oriel College, Oxford. From 1577 to 1626 he issued pamphlet after pamphlet in prose and verse. In 1876 these were collected as far as possible by the Rev. A. B. Grosart, and printed in two vols. in his Chertsey Worthies' Library. He died probably in 1626, being then about 83 years of age. As a sacred poet he is distinguished by melody and grace, and it has been only the want of a cheap edition of his works that… Go to person page >

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First Line: He lived as none but he has lived
Author: Nicholas Breton

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The Sunday School Liturgy. (4th ed.) #41

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A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion (15th ed.) #125

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A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion. (10th ed.) #125

Hymns for Sunday School Worship #d28

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