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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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First Line: If solid happiness we prize
Author: Nathaniel Cotton
Copyright: Public Domain

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A Collection of Hymns and a Liturgy for the Use of Evangelical Lutheran Churches #330

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A Collection of Hymns and a Liturgy #330

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A Collection of Hymns and A Liturgy #330

A Collection of Hymns for Public and Private Worship approved by the Presbytery of Charleston #d83

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Publick Worship #CXVII

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Publick Worship #CXVII

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns, for Social and Private Worship #220

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns #385

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A Selection of Sacred Poetry #385

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A Selection of Sacred Poetry #385

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A Selection of Sacred Songs. 2nd ed. #45

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A Selection of Sacred Songs #45

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Christian Hymns for Public and Private Worship #454

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Church Harmonies #524

Devotional Melodies, Adapted to Social Worship #d40

Grammar School Hymn Book #d127

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Hymn Book for Christian Worship #483

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Hymns for Children, Selected and Altered #173

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Hymns for Christian Devotion #625

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Hymns for Christian Devotion #625

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Hymns for the Sanctuary #445

National Hymns #d64

Prayers and Hymns for the Church and the Home #d304

Psalms and Hymns, for Social and Private Worship #d215

Selected Hymns for the Use of Children in Families or Sunday School #d52

Songs for the School Room #d56

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The Gospel Psalmist #531

The New Christian Harp. 10th ed. #d112

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The New Hymn Book, Designed for Universalist Societies #389

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The New Hymn Book, Designed for Universalist Societies #389

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The Psalms of Life #238

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The School Hymn-Book #211

The Universalist Hymn Book #d216

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The Universalist Hymn-Book #235

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