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'Tis All for the Best

My soul, now arise, my passions, take wing

Author: Samuel Medley
Published in 14 hymnals

Representative Text

1 My soul, now arise, my passions, take wing;
Look up to the skies, and cheerfully sing;
Let God be the Object in praises addressed,
And this be my subject, ’Tis all for the best.

2 Search all the world through, examine and see,
And what canst thou view more suited to thee
Than this declaration, in Scripture expressed,
That God, thy Salvation, does all for the best?

3 Though here, day by day, his love shall see good
Upon thee to lay his fatherly rod;
Yet be not dejected, however oppressed,
Though sorely afflicted, ’tis all for the best.

4 The beams of his grace are passing all worth,
The smiles of his face are heaven on earth;
When to me he shows them, what joy fills my breast!
And when he withdraws them, ’tis all for the best.

5 But O, the blest day, and soon ‘twill arise,
When, freed from my clay, I mount to the skies;
Then gladly I’ll enter my heavenly rest,
And there sing for ever, ’Tis all for the best.

Source: A Selection of Hymns for Public Worship. In four parts (10th ed.) (Gadsby's Hymns) #322

Author: Samuel Medley

Medley, Samuel, born June 23, 1738, at Cheshunt, Herts, where his father kept a school. He received a good education; but not liking the business to which he was apprenticed, he entered the Royal Navy. Having been severely wounded in a battle with the French fleet off Port Lagos, in 1759, he was obliged to retire from active service. A sermon by Dr. Watts, read to him about this time, led to his conversion. He joined the Baptist Church in Eagle Street, London, then under the care of Dr. Gifford, and shortly afterwards opened a school, which for several years he conducted with great success. Having begun to preach, he received, in 1767, a call to become pastor of the Baptist church at Watford. Thence, in 1772, he removed to Byrom Street, Liv… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: My soul, now arise, my passions, take wing
Title: 'Tis All for the Best
Author: Samuel Medley
Meter: 10.10.11.11
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

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Instances

Instances (1 - 14 of 14)
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A Choice Selection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs for the use of Christians #705

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A Selection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs #S.LXXXIV

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A Selection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs #S.LXXXIV

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A Selection of Hymns for Public Worship. In four parts (10th ed.) (Gadsby's Hymns) #322

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Baptist Hymn Book #aB82

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Dupuy's Hymns and Spiritual Songs (Rev. corr. and enl.) #S123

Hymns and Spiritual Songs, Selected and Original. 7th ed. #d292

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Hymns of the Church Militant #482b

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The Baptist Hymn Book #B82

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The Christian Harmonist #256

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The Cluster of Spiritual Songs, Divine Hymns and Sacred Poems #DLXXIV

The Evangelical Songster #d61

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The New England Collection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs #118

The Young Convert's Companion #d77

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