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In Bondage To The Law

Representative Text

1 In bondage to the Law,
We groaned beneath its yoke;
But God our heavy burden saw,
And sin’s strong fetters broke.

2 In fullness of the years
He sent His only Son,
To save us from our guilty fears
By deeds which He hath done.

3 The virgin bears the Child;
Angelic hosts rejoice;
We hail Thee Jesus undefiled,
Named by the angel’s voice.

4 Mercy and truth are met,
Within our hearts to dwell,
And God most high is with us yet,
Our own Emmanuel!

5 His Spirit in our hearts
Still "Abba, Father," cries;
His comfort nevermore departs,
While earthly pleasure dies.

6 In bondage now no more,
We trust Thy faithful Word
And, heirs of God, Thy grace adore
Through Jesus Christ, our Lord.


Source: The Cyber Hymnal #10747

Author: John Anketell

Anketell, John, M.A., was born at New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.A., March 8, 1835, and educated at Yale College, and the University of- Halle-Wittenberg, Prussian Saxony. He was ordained deacon of the American Episcopalian Church in 1859, and priest in 1860. He founded (Stanza John's (American) Episcopal Church in Dresden in 1869. Subsequently he became Professor of Hebrew and Greek Exegesis in the Seabury Divinity School. Mr. Anketell published in 1889 Gospel and Epistle Hymns for the Christian Year, N.Y. He has also translated about 120 hymns from the German, Greek, Latin, Hebrew, French, Spanish, Danish, Italian, and Syriac, which were published in the Church Review, N.Y., 1876 and later, and in other periodicals. A few of those from the L… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: In bondage to the Law
Title: In Bondage To The Law
Author: John Anketell
Meter: 6.6.8.6
Source: Gospel and Epistle Hymns for the Christian Year (New York: The Church Record Company, 1889)
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

Tune

ST. THOMAS (Williams)

ST. THOMAS is actually lines 5 through 8 of the sixteen-line tune HOLBORN, composed by Aaron Williams (b. London, England, 1731; d. London, 1776) and published in his Collection (1763, 1765) as a setting for Charles Wesley's text "Soldiers of Christ, Arise" (570). The harmonization is by Lowell Maso…

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