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How Gentle God's Commands

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1 How gentle God's commands,
how kind his precepts are!
Come, cast your burdens on the Lord,
and trust his constant care.

2 While Providence supports,
let saints securely dwell;
that hand, which bears all nature up,
shall guide his children well.

3 Why should this anxious load
press down your weary mind?
Haste to your heav'nly Father's throne,
and sweet communion find.

4 His goodness stands approved,
down to the present day;
I'll drop my burden at his feet,
and bear a song away.


Source: Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #681

Author: Philip Doddridge

Doddridge, Philip, D.D., was born in London, June 26, 1702. His grandfather was one of the ministers under the Commonwealth, who were ejected in 1662. His father was a London oilman. He was offered by the Duchess of Bedford an University training for ordination in the Church of England, but declined it. He entered Mr. Jennings's non-conformist seminary at Kibworth instead; preached his first sermon at Hinckley, to which Mr. Jennings had removed his academy. In 1723 he was chosen pastor at Kibworth. In 1725 he changed his residence to Market Harborough, still ministering at Kibworth. The settled work of his life as a preceptor and divine began in 1729, with his appointment to the Castle Hill Meeting at Northampton, and continued till in the… Go to person page >

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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Hymns of the Saints #130

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Rejoice in the Lord #66

The Baptist Hymnal #494

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The Cyber Hymnal #2368

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Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #681

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