Zeal for God

If duty calls, and suffering, too

Author: Benjamin Beddome (1800)
Published in 8 hymnals

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1 If duty calls, and suffering, too,
My Lord! I’d follow Thee;
As Thou hast done, so would I do,
As Thou art, would I be.

2 With zeal inflamed, ’twas Thy delight
To do Thy Father’s will;
May the same zeal my soul excite
Thy precepts to fulfill.

3 Meekness, humility, and love
Did through Thy conduct shine;
O may my whole deportment prove
A copy, Lord! of Thine.

4 Depending on Thy sovereign grace,
I’ll tread the heavenly road;
With willing mind Thy footsteps trace,
And climb to Thine abode.

5 O let me run the Christian race
With diligence and speed!
God’s word, His Spirit, and His grace,
Do all to duty lead.

6 Did Jesus leave the realms of bliss
To save from sin and hell?
A love so wonderful as this
Calls for a glowing zeal.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #9824

Author: Benjamin Beddome

Benjamin Beddome was born at Henley-in Arden, Warwickshire, January 23, 1717. His father was a Baptist minister. He studied at various places, and began preaching in 1740. He was pastor of a Baptist society at Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire, until his death in 1795. In 1770, he received the degree of M.A. from the Baptist College in Providence, Rhode Island. He published several discourses and hymns. "His hymns, to the number of 830, were published in 1818, with a recommendation from Robert Hall." Montgomery speaks of him as a "writer worthy of honour both for the quantity and the quality of his hymns." --Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, M.A. 1872.… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: If duty calls, and suffering, too
Title: Zeal for God
Author: Benjamin Beddome (1800)
Source: John Rippon, A Selection of Hymns from the Best Authors, Tenth Edition, 1800
Language: English
Publication Date: 1800
Copyright: Public Domain


Published in Rippon's Selection as Hymn 293, part two, "If duty calls, and suffering too", 7 sts., entitled Zeal for God – first section (sts. 1-4) not found in 1818, sts. 5-7 amended in 1818 as Hymn 216. John Julian, 1907, p. 1273, misdates Part Two to Rippon's First Edition, 1787, where it does not occur.



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