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How sweet and silent is the place

How sweet and silent is the place

Author: Alice F. Palmer
Published in 15 hymnals

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1. How sweet and silent is the place,
My God, alone, with Thee!
Awaiting here Thy touch of grace,
Thy heav’nly mystery.

2. So many ways Thou hast, dear Lord,
My longing heart to fill:
Thy lovely world, Thy spoken word,
The doing Thy sweet will.

3. Giving Thy children living bread,
Leading Thy weak ones on,
The touch of dear hands on my head,
The thought of loved ones gone.

4. Lead me by many paths, dear Lord,
But always in Thy way;
And let me make my earth a Heav’n
Till next communion day.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #2621

Author: Alice F. Palmer

Palmer, Alice, née Freeman, born at Colesville, N.Y., in 1855, and graduated from Michigan University, 1876. She took great interest in education, and held several responsible positions in connection therewith, including that of Dean of the Women's Department of the University of Chicago 1892-95. She held the degrees of PH.D., L.H.D., and LL.D. Married in 1887 to Prof. George H. Palmer, LL.D. She died suddenly in Paris in 1902. Her hymn "How sweet and silent is the place " (Holy Communion) was written in 1901. [M. C. Hazard, Ph. D.] --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)  Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: How sweet and silent is the place
Author: Alice F. Palmer


PALMER (Burnap)


MARTYRDOM was originally an eighteenth-century Scottish folk melody used for the ballad "Helen of Kirkconnel." Hugh Wilson (b. Fenwick, Ayrshire, Scotland, c. 1766; d. Duntocher, Scotland, 1824) adapted MARTYRDOM into a hymn tune in duple meter around 1800. A triple-meter version of the tune was fir…

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LAMBETH (Schulthes)

This tune has been mis-attributed to various other composers, but is clearly the work of the above-named composer.

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The Cyber Hymnal #2621
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