How rich thy bounty, King of kings

How rich thy bounty, King of kings

Author: Philip Doddridge
Tune: ST. GABRIEL (Greatorex)
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1. How rich Thy bounty, King of kings!
Thy favors, how divine!
The blessings which Thy Gospel brings,
How splendidly they shine!

2. Gold is but dross, and gems but toys,
Should gold and gems compare;
How mean, when sent against those joys
Thy poorest servants share!

3. Yet all these treasures of Thy grace
Are lodged in urns of clay;
And the weak sons of mortal race
The immortal gifts convey.

4. Feebly they lisp Thy glories forth,
Yet grace the victory gives;
Quickly they molder back to earth,
Yet still Thy Gospel lives.

5. Such wonders power divine effects;
Such trophies God can raise;
His hand, from crumbling dust, erects
His monuments of praise.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #2603

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 >

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Author: Philip Doddridge


How rich Thy bounty, King of kings. P. Doddridge. [Divine Treasure in Earthen Vessels.] Written Sept. 23, 1739 (D.MSS.), and published in his (posthumous) Hymns, &c, 1755, No. 175, in 5 stanzas of 4 lines, and based upon 2 Cor. iv. 7. In 1839 it was repeated in J. D. Humphreys's edition of the same, No. 300. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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