Prayer for National Gratitude and Holiness

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1 Lord, let Thy goodness lead our land,
Still saved by Thine almighty hand,
The tribute of its love to bring
To Thee, our Savior and our King.

2 Let ev'ry sacred temple raise
Triumphant songs of holy praise;
Let ev'ry heart and ev'ry home
A temple, Lord, to Thee become.

3 Still be it our supreme delight
To walk as in Thy glorious sight;
Still in Thy precepts and Thy fear,
Till life's last hour, to persevere.


Source: American Lutheran Hymnal #502

Author: Philip Doddridge

Philip Doddridge (b. London, England, 1702; d. Lisbon, Portugal, 1751) belonged to the Non-conformist Church (not associated with the Church of England). Its members were frequently the focus of discrimination. Offered an education by a rich patron to prepare him for ordination in the Church of England, Doddridge chose instead to remain in the Non-conformist Church. For twenty years he pastored a poor parish in Northampton, where he opened an academy for training Non-conformist ministers and taught most of the subjects himself. Doddridge suffered from tuberculosis, and when Lady Huntington, one of his patrons, offered to finance a trip to Lisbon for his health, he is reputed to have said, "I can as well go to heaven from Lisbon as from Nort… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Lord, let Thy goodness lead our land
Title: Prayer for National Gratitude and Holiness
Author: Philip Doddridge
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


Lord, let Thy goodness lead our land. On p. 1578, i., this hymn is said to be taken from P. Doddridge's hymn, No. 369, in his Hymns, 1755. This is an error. It is from his "Salvation doth to God belong," p. 1589, i. 11.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)


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TRURO (Williams)

TRURO is an anonymous tune, first published in Thomas Williams's Psalmodia Evangelica, (second vol., 1789) as a setting for Isaac Watts' "Now to the Lord a noble song." Virtually nothing is known about this eighteenth-century British editor of the two-volume Psalmodia Evangelica, a collection of thr…

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