Holy Bible, Book Divine

Holy Bible, book divine, Precious treasure, thou art mine

Author: John Burton (1803)
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1 Holy Bible, Book divine,
Precious treasure, thou art mine:
Mine to tell me whence I came;
Mine to teach me what I am.

2 Mine to chide me when I rove,
Mine to show a Savior's love;
Mine thou art to guide and guard;
Mine to punish or reward.

3 Mine to comfort in distress,
Suffering in this wilderness;
Mine to show by living faith,
We can triumph over death.

4 Mine to tell of joys to come,
And the rebel sinner's doom:
O thou holy book divine,
Precious treasure thou art mine.

Source: Baptist Hymnal 2008 #345

Author: John Burton

Burton, John, born 1773, in Nottingham, where he resided until 1813, when he removed to Leicester, at which town he died in 1822. He was a Baptist, a very earnest Sunday School teacher, and one of the compilers of the Nottingham Sunday School Union Hymn Book, 1812. This book reached the 20th edition in 1861. The 1st edition contains 43 hymns which have his signature. He is known almost exclusively by one hymn, "Holy Bible, book divine" (q.v.). He was also author of The Youth's Monitor, and other similar productions for the young. Robert Hall wrote a recommendatory preface to one of his works. [Rev. W. R. Stevenson, M. A.] -- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)  Go to person page >

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First Line: Holy Bible, book divine, Precious treasure, thou art mine
Title: Holy Bible, Book Divine
Author: John Burton (1803)
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


Holy Bible, book Divine. J. Burton, sen. [Holy Scripture.] This popular hymn first appeared in the author's Youth's Monitor in Verse, &c, 1803, and again in the Evangelical Magazine, June, 1805, in 4 stanzas of 4 lines, where it is signed, "Nottingham—J. B." In 1806 it was also given as No. 1 of pt. ii. of the author's Hymns for Sunday Schools; or, Incentives to Early Piety. As it is frequently altered in modern collections we add the original text.
"Holy Bible, book Divine, Precious treasure, thou art mine; Mine to tell me whence I came, Mine to teach me what I am. "Mine to chide me when I rove, Mine to shew a Saviour's love; Mine art thou to guide my feet, Mine to judge, condemn, acquit. "Mine to comfort in distress, If the Holy Spirit bless; Mine to shew by living faith Man can triumph over death. "Mine to tell of joys to come, And the rebel sinner's doom; Holy Bible, book Divine, Precious treasure, thou art mine."
This hymn has gradually grown into favour, and now it is in common use in most English-speaking countries. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



Baptist Hymnal 1991 #260
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  • Bulletin Score (melody only) (PDF)
The Cyber Hymnal #2520
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