My God, what silken cords are thine

My God, what silken cords are thine

Author: Philip Doddridge
Tune: OLWELL
Published in 48 hymnals

Representative Text

1 My God, what silken cords are thine!
How soft, and yet how strong!
While power, and truth, and love combine
To draw our souls along.

2 Thou saw'st us crushed beneath the yoke
Of satan and of sin:
Thy hand the iron bondage broke,
Our worthless hearts to win.

3 The guilt of twice ten thousand sins
One moment takes away;
And grace, when first the war begins,
Secures the crowning day.

4 Comfort through all this vale of tears
In rich profusion flows,
And glory of unnumbered years
Eternity bestows.

5 Drawn by such cords we onward move,
"Till round thy throne we meet;
And captives in the chains of love,
Embrace our Conqueror's feet.

A Selection of Hymns, from Various Authors, Supplementary for the use of Christians. 1st Ed., 1816

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: My God, what silken cords are thine
Author: Philip Doddridge
Meter: 8.6.8.6
Language: English

Notes

My God, what silken cords are Thine. P. Doddridge. [Gratitude.] First published in Job Orton's posthumous edition of Doddridge's Hymns, &c, 1755, No. 152, in 5 stanzas of 4 lines, and entitled "Gratitude the Spring of true Religion;" and again in J. D. Humphreys ed. of the same, 1839, No. 171. It is in common use in its original form, and as "My God, what cords of love are Thine," in the London Hymn Book (enlarged) 1873, and others.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

Timeline

Instances

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for the Sanctuary #442

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A Selection of Hymns & Psalms #152

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A Selection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs #H.CXXVIII

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A Selection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs #H.CXXVIII

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A Selection of Hymns from the Best Authors. #216a

A Selection of Hymns from Various Authors, Supplementary for the Use of Christians. 2nd ed. #d119

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A Selection of Hymns, from Various Authors, Supplementary for the Use of Christians. 1st ed. #LXXXVI

A.M.E. Hymnal #d244

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African Methodist Episcopal hymn and tune book #463

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Baptist Hymn Book #a270

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Christian's Duty, exhibited in a series of hymns #S86

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Evangelical Musick #71a

Family Singing Book. Rev ed. with Supplement #d185

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Hymn and Tune Book for Use in Old School or Primitive Baptist Churches #184

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Hymnal of the Presbyterian Church #225

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Hymnal #463

Hymns for the Use of the New Jerusalem Church #d157

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Hymns of Faith and Love #143

Hymns, Psalms, and Spiritual Songs, including Some Never Before in Print #d215

Psalms and Hymns Adapted to Social, Private and Public Worship in the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. #d543

Psalms and Hymns for the Worship of God #d511

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Psalms and Hymns, Adapted to Public Worship #259

Sacred poetry #d307

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Sacred Poetry #aH.CLXX

Sacred Poetry #d306

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Sacred Poetry #H.CLXX

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The African Methodist Episcopal Hymn and Tune Book #463

The Baptist Hymn Book, in Two Parts #d373

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The Baptist Hymn Book #506

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The Baptist Hymn Book #270

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The Baptist Praise Book #876

The Choice #H93

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The Choice #H93

The Good Old Songs #d370

The Good Old Songs #d370

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The New Hymn Book, Designed for Universalist Societies #303

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The New Hymn Book, Designed for Universalist Societies #303

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The Psalms and Hymns of Dr. Watts #934a

The Sabbath School Singing Book #d43

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The Springfield Collection of Hymns for Sacred Worship #342

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