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How oft the day of God returns

Representative Text

1 How oft the day of God returns
To shed its quick'ning beams;
And yet how slow devotion burns,
How languid are its flames.

2 Accept our faint attempts to love;
Our sins, O Lord, forgive;
We would be like Thy saints above,
And praise Thee while we live.

3 Increase, O Lord, our faith and hope,
And fit us to ascend
Where the assembly ne'er breaks up,
Thy worship ne'er shall end;

4 When we shall with the ransomed throng,
The Savior's praise proclaim,
And give in an eternal song
All glory to His Name.

Source: Evangelical Lutheran hymnal: with music #308a

Author: Brown

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Text Information

First Line: How oft the day of God returns
Author: Brown


EVAN (Havergal)

This tune is likely the work of the composer named here, but has also been attributed to others as shown in the instances list.

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ST. ANDREW (Tans'ur)



Instances (1 - 5 of 5)

Collection of Hymns for Public and Private Worship. 4th ed. #d130

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Evangelical Lutheran Hymnal #308

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Evangelical Lutheran hymnal #308a

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Evangelical Lutheran hymnal #308b

The Sunday School Hymnal #d79

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