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Indulgent Sovereign of the skies

Indulgent Sovereign of the skies

Author: Philip Doddridge
Published in 62 hymnals

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Representative Text

1 Indulgent Sovereign of the skies,
And wilt thou bow thy gracious ear
While feeble mortals raise their cries,
Wilt thou, the great Jehovah, hear?

2 How shall thy servants give thee rest,
Till Zion's mouldering walls thou raise?
Till thine own power shall stand confess'd,
And make Jerusalem a praise?

3 Look down, O God, with pitying eye,
And view the desolation round;
See what wide realms in darkness lie,
And hurl their idols to the ground.

4 Lord, let the gospel-trumpet blow,
And call the nations from afar,
Let all the isles their Saviour know,
And earth's remotest ends draw near.

5 Let Babylon's proud altars shake,
And light invade her darkest gloom;
The yoke of iron bondage break
The yoke of Satan and of Rome.

6 On all our souls let grace descend,
Like heavenly dew in copious showers,
That we may call our God our friend,
That we may hail salvation ours.

7 Then shall each age and rank agree.
United shouts of joy to raise:
And Zion made a praise by thee,
To thee shall render back the praise.

Source: Hymns, Selected and Original: for public and private worship (1st ed.) #582

Author: Philip Doddridge

Doddridge, Philip, D.D., was born in London, June 26, 1702. His grandfather was one of the ministers under the Commonwealth, who were ejected in 1662. His father was a London oilman. He was offered by the Duchess of Bedford an University training for ordination in the Church of England, but declined it. He entered Mr. Jennings's non-conformist seminary at Kibworth instead; preached his first sermon at Hinckley, to which Mr. Jennings had removed his academy. In 1723 he was chosen pastor at Kibworth. In 1725 he changed his residence to Market Harborough, still ministering at Kibworth. The settled work of his life as a preceptor and divine began in 1729, with his appointment to the Castle Hill Meeting at Northampton, and continued till in the… Go to person page >

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First Line: Indulgent Sovereign of the skies
Author: Philip Doddridge
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


Indulgent Sovereign of the skies. P. Doddridge. [Fast Day.] In the Doddridge Manuscript this hymn, No. 76, is headed "God intreated for Jerusalem. A hymn for a Fast Day, from Isa. lxii., 6, 7," and is dated "Jan. 4, 1739." It is also in the Brooke Manuscript. It was published in Doddridge's (posthumous) Hymns, &c, 1755, No. 120, in 10 stanzas of 4 lines, with the heading changed to “God intreated for Zion; Isaiah lxii., 6,7. For a Fast Day; or, A Prayer for the revival of Religion;" and repeated in J. D. Humphreys's edition of the same, 1839, No. 136. It is usually giver, in the hymn-books in an abridged form, and sometimes as "Thou glorious Sovereign of the Skies.” --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



The Cyber Hymnal #8192
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The Cyber Hymnal #8192

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