1 How sweet is the Bible!
How pure is the light
That streams from its pages divine!
‘Tis a star that shines soft thro’ the gleam of the night,
Of jewels a wonderful mine;
‘Tis bread for the hungry,
‘Tis food for the poor,
A balm for the wounded and sad,
‘Tis the gift of a Father,
His likeness is there,
And the hearts of his children are glad.
2 ‘Tis the voice of the Savior,
How sweet in the storm!
It speaks to the sinner distressed;
The tempest is hushed, o’er the sea comes a calm—
The troubled and weary find rest.
O teach me, blest Jesus,
To seek for thy face,
To me let thy welcome be giv’n;
Now speak to my heart some
Kind message of grace,
And words that shall guide me to heav’n.
Congreve, George Thomas, born at Islington, 1821, and educated for the medical profession, has practised in London for many years. As a Deacon of the Baptist Church, Kye Lane, Peckham, and Superintendent of its Sunday School, he has done much to advance the interests of that body, and to popularise Sunday School work. In the interest of Sunday Schools he published, in 1869:—
Gems of Song for the Sunday School. A Hymn-book adapted for General Use in Schools and Families. Loud., Elliott Stock. To this was added Gems of Song Music, 1871.
Of this collection about one million copies have been sold. Mr. Congreve contributed thereto:—
1. Beyond the dark river a land I behold. Heaven.
2. For ever beautiful abide. Heaven.
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