1. Lord, we thank Thee for the pleasure
That our happy lifetime gives,
For the boundless worth and treasure
Of a soul that ever lives;
Mind that looks before and after,
Lifting eyes to things above;
Human tears, and human laughter,
And the depths of human love.
2. For the thrill, the leap, the gladness
Of our pulses flowing free;
E’en for every touch of sadness
That may bring us nearer Thee;
But, above all other kindness,
Thine unutterable love,
Which, to heal our sin and blindness,
Sent Thy dear Son from above.
3. Teach us so our days to number
That we may be early wise;
Dreamy mist, or cloud, or slumber,
Never dull our heav’nward eyes.
Hearty be our work and willing,
As to Thee, and not to men;
For we know our soul’s fulfilling
Is in Heav’n, and not ’til then.
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Jex-Blake, Thomas William, son of Thomas Jex-Blake of Burnwell, was born in 1832, and educated at Rugby, and University College, Oxford (B.A. in 1st class 1855; D.D. 1873). He was some time Fellow of Queen's College, Oxford; from 1858 to 1868 Assistant Master at Rugby; Principal of Cheltenham College, 1868 to 1874; Head Master of Rugby, 1874 to 1887; and Rector of Alvechurch, Redditch, 1887. Dr. Jex-Blake's well-known hymn, "Lord, we thank Thee for the pleasure" (Thanksgiving) was written at the request of Dr. Cotton (then Head Master of Marlborough), in September, 1855. It is in the Rugby and other Public Schools hymn-books, and several general collections. Dr. Jex-Blake's published works do not contain any original poetical compositions.… Go to person page >
Cyril V. Taylor (PHH 286) composed ABBOT'S LEIGH in May of 1941 when he was working for the Religious Broadcasting Department of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). The BBC had received complaints about the use of AUSTRIA (tune for the Austrian national hymn) during this time of war, a tune…