If solid happiness we prize

If solid happiness we prize

Author: Nathaniel Cotton
Published in 39 hymnals

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1 If solid happiness we prize,
Within our breasts this jewel lies;
And they are fools who roam.
The world has little to bestow:
From our own selves our joys must flow;
Our bliss begins at home.

2 We'll therefore relish with content
Whate'er kind providence has sent,
Nor aim beyond our pow'r:
And if our store of wealth be small,
With thankful heart improve it all,
Nor waste the present hour.

3 To be resign'd, when ills betide,
Patient, when favours are denied,
And pleas'd with favours giv'n:
This is the wise, the virtuous part:
This is that incense f the heart,
Whose fragrance reaches heav'n.

4 Thus thro' life's changing scenes we'll go,
Its checker'd paths of joy and woe
With cautious steps we'll tread;
Quit its vain scenes without a tear;
Without a trouble or a fear,
And mingle with the dead:

5 While conscience, like a faithful friend,
Shall thro' the gloomy vale attend,
And cheer our dying breath;
Shall, when all other comforts cease,
Like a kind angel, whisper peace,
And smooth the bed of death.

Source: A Collection of Hymns and A Liturgy: for the use of Evangelical Lutheran Churches; to which are added prayers for families and individuals #330

Author: Nathaniel Cotton

Cotton, Nathaniel, M.D., born in 1707, and educated for the medical profession at Leyden. Giving his attention more especially to brain diseases, he first assisted a physician, who devoted his attention to the insane, at Dunstable; and they erected a large Asylum at St. Albans. In 1763 the poet Cowper became one of his patients, and, on his recovery, conceived a warm attachment for his medical friend. Dr. Cotton died at St Albans, Aug. 2, 1788. Several of his hymns appeared from 1760 onwards in Dr. Dodd's Christian's Magazine, some signed "Dr. Cotton, St. Albans," some “N.," and some without signature. His poetical works were published posthumously:— Various Pieces in Verse and Prose, 2 vols., Lond., Dodsley, 1791; and Visions in Verse,… Go to person page >

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A Collection of Hymns and a Liturgy for the Use of Evangelical Lutheran Churches: to which are added prayers for families and individuals #330Page Scan
A Collection of Hymns and a Liturgy: for the use of Evangelical Lutheran Churches, to which are added prayers for families and individuals (New and Enl. Stereotype Ed.) #330Page Scan
A Collection of Hymns and A Liturgy: for the use of Evangelical Lutheran Churches; to which are added prayers for families and individuals #330TextPage Scan
A Collection of Hymns for Public and Private Worship approved by the Presbytery of Charleston #d83
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Publick Worship #CXVIITextPage Scan
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Publick Worship #CXVIIPage Scan
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns, for Social and Private Worship #220Page Scan
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns, for Social and Private Worship (Rev. ed. with supplement) #220Page Scan
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns: from Watts, Doddridge, and others (4th ed. with an appendix) #385Page Scan
A Selection of Psalms and Hymns, Embracing all the Varieties of Subjects #H111Page Scan
A Selection of Sacred Poetry: consisting of psalms and hymns from Watts, Doddridge, Merrick, Scott, Cowper, Barbauld, Steele, and others (2nd ed.) #385Page Scan
A Selection of Sacred Poetry: consisting of psalms and hymns, from Watts, Doddridge, Merrick, Scott, Cowper, Barbauld, Steele ...compiled for the use of the Unitarian Church in Philadelphia #385Page Scan
A Selection of Sacred Songs. 2nd ed. #45Page Scan
A Selection of Sacred Songs: for the use of schools and academies #45Page Scan
Christian Hymns for Public and Private Worship: a collection compiled by a committee of the Cheshire Pastoral Association (11th ed.) #454Page Scan
Church Harmonies: a collection of hymns and tunes for the use of Congregations #524Page Scan
Devotional Melodies, Adapted to Social Worship #d40
Grammar School Hymn Book #d127
Hymn Book for Christian Worship #483Page Scan
Hymns for Children, Selected and Altered #173Page Scan
Hymns for Christian Devotion: especially adapted to the Universalist denomination #625Page Scan
Hymns for Christian Devotion: especially adapted to the Universalist denomination. (New ed.) #625Page Scan
Hymns for the Sanctuary #445Page Scan
National Hymns #d64
Prayers and Hymns for the Church and the Home #d304
Psalms and Hymns, for Social and Private Worship #d215
Sacred Poetry and Music Reconciled; or a Collection of Hymns, Original and Compiled #356Page Scan
Selected Hymns for the Use of Children in Families or Sunday School #d52
Selection from Tate and Brady's Version of the Psalms; with Hymns by Various Authors, for the Church in Brattle-Square #d132
Songs for the School Room #d56
The Gospel Psalmist #531Page Scan
The New Christian Harp. 10th ed. #d112
The New Hymn Book, Designed for Universalist Societies: compiled from approved authors, with variations and additions (9th ed.) #389Page Scan
The New Hymn Book, Designed for Universalist Societies: compiled from approved authors, with variations and additions. Second Ed. #389Page Scan
The Philadelphia Hymn Book; or, a selection of sacred poetry, consisting of psalms and hymns from Watts...and others, adapted to public and private devotion #385Page Scan
The Psalms of Life: A Compilation of Psalms, Hymns, Chants, Anthems, &c. Embodying the Spiritual, Progressive and Reformatory Sentiment of the Present Age #238Page Scan
The School Hymn-Book: for normal, high, and grammar schools #211Page Scan
The Universalist Hymn Book: a New Collection of Psalms and Hymns for the Use of Universalist Societies. 4th ed. #d216
The Universalist Hymn-Book: a new collection of psalms and hymns, for the use of Universalist Societies (Stereotype ed.) #235Page Scan
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