My gracious Lord, I own thy right

My gracious Lord, I own thy right

Author: Philip Doddridge
Published in 237 hymnals

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1 My gracious Lord, I own thy right
to ev'ry service I can pay;
and call it my supreme delight
to hear thy dictates and obey.

2 What is my being but for thee,
its sure support, its noblest end,
thy ever-smiling face to see
and serve the cause of such a friend?

3 I would not breathe for worldly joy,
or to increase my worldly good,
nor future days or pow'rs employ
to spread a sounding name abroad;

4 But to my Saviour I would live,
to him who for my ransom died;
nor could untainted Eden give
such bliss as blossoms at his side.

5 His work my later tears shall bless,
when youthful vigour is no more,
and my last hour of life confess
his love hath animating pow'r.

Source: Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #459

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 >


My gracious Lord, I own Thy right. P. Doddridge. [The Service of Christ a delight.] Published by Job Orton in his posthumous edition of Doddridge's Hymns, 1755, No. 294, in 5 stanzas of 4 lines, and headed "Christ's Service the fruit of our Labours on earth:" also given in J. D. Humphreys’s edition of the same, 1839, No. 320. Its use, especially in America, is extensive. Sometimes it is given as “All-gracious Lord, I own Thy right," as in the Unitarian Hymns of The Spirit, Boston, U.S.A., 1864. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



WARRINGTON was composed by Ralph Harrison (b. Chinley, Derbyshire, England, 1748; d. Manchester, Lancashire, England, 1810) and published in his collection of psalm tunes, Sacred Harmony (1784). The tune's rising inflections help to accent words such as erotic (probably the only time this word has b…

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BISHOP (Holbrook)

Little is known about the composer of BISHOP, Joseph P. Holbrook (b. near Boston, MA, 1822; d. U.S.A., 1888); he did serve as editor of several hymn collections, including Songs of the Church (1862) and Hymnal of the Methodist Episcopal Church with Tunes (1878), to which he contributed a number of h…

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