How tender is thy hand

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1 How tender is Thy hand,
O Thou most gracious Lord!
Afflictions came at Thy command,
And left us at Thy word.

2 How gentle was the rod
That chastened us for sin!
How soon we found a smiling God
Where deep distress had been.

3 A father’s hand we felt,
A father’s love we knew;
’Mid tears of penitence we knelt,
And found His promise true.

4 We told Him all our grief,
We thought of Jesus’ love;
A sense of pardon brought relief,
And bade our pains remove.

5 Now will we bless the Lord,
And in His strength confide;
Forever be His name adored,
For there is none beside.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #9713

Author: Thomas Hastings

Hastings, Thomas, MUS. DOC., son of Dr. Seth Hastings, was born at Washington, Lichfield County, Connecticut, October 15, 1784. In 1786, his father moved to Clinton, Oneida Co., N. Y. There, amid rough frontier life, his opportunities for education were small; but at an early age he developed a taste for music, and began teaching it in 1806. Seeking a wider field, he went, in 1817, to Troy, then to Albany, and in 1823 to Utica, where he conducted a religious journal, in which he advocated his special views on church music. In 1832 he was called to New York to assume the charge of several Church Choirs, and there his last forty years were spent in great and increasing usefulness and repute. He died at New York, May 15, 1872. His aim was the… Go to person page >

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First Line: How tender is thy hand
Author: Thomas Hastings


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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The Cyber Hymnal #9713
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