Heirs of unending life

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1 Heirs of unending life,
While yet we sojourn here,
O let us our salvation work
With trembling and with fear.

2 God will support our hearts
With might before unknown;
The work to be performed is ours,
The strength is all His own.

3 ‘Tis He that works to will,
‘Tis He that works to do;
His is the power by which we act,
His be the glory too!

Source: Gloria Deo: a Collection of Hymns and Tunes for Public Worship in all Departments of the Church #443

Author: Henry Onderdonk

Henry Ustick Onderdonk, Bishop of Pennsylvania, was born in New York, March 16, 1789, and educated at Columbia College, B.A. 1805, M.A. 1808, D.D. 1827. Having decided to devote his life to medicine, he studied first in London and then in Edinburgh, receiving his M.D. from that university in 1810. Returning to New York, he began to study theology under Bishop Hobart and was ordained in 1815. He was rector of St. Ann's, Brooklyn, until 1827 when, following a famous controversy, he was elected bishop coadjutor of Pennsylvania, becoming diocesan in 1836 upon the death of Bishop White. He, with W.A. Muhlenberg, q.v., was influential on the committee appointed by General Convention to prepare the so-called Prayer Book Collection, 1826. The… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Heirs of unending life
Author: Henry Onderdonk (1826)
Meter: 8.6.8.6
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

Notes

Stanza 1 by Henry Ustic Onderdock, Prayer Book Collection, 1826. Stanzas 2 and 3 are altered from Benjamin Beddome's Hymn 138 (1818), "That we might walk with God." See F. M. Bird in John Julian, 1907, Dictionary of Hymnology, p. 870.

Tune

DENNIS (Nägeli)

Lowell Mason (PHH 96) arranged DENNIS and first published it in The Psaltery (1845), a hymnal he compiled with George. Webb (PHH 559). Mason attributed the tune to Johann G. Nageli (b. Wetzikon, near Zurich, Switzerland, 1773; d. Wetzikon, 1836) but included no source reference. Nageli presumably pu…

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FRANCONIA (König)


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