Never in a prince's palace

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1 Never in a costly palace did I rest on golden bed,
Never in a hermit's cavern have I eaten idle bread.
Born within a lowly stable, where the cattle round Me stood,
Trained a carpenter in Naz'reth, I have toiled and found it good.

2 They who tread the path of labour follow where My feet have trod;
They who work without complaining, do the holy will of God;
Nevermore thou needest seek Me; I am with thee everywhere;
Raise the stone, and thou shalt find Me, cleave the wood and I am there.

3 Where the many toil together, there am I among My own;
Where the tired workman sleepeth, there am I with him alone.
I, the peace that passeth knowledge, dwell amid the daily strife;
I, the Bread of heav'n, am broken in the sacrament of life.

4 Every task, however simple, sets the soul that does it free;
Every deed of love and mercy, done to man, is done to Me.
Nevermore thou needest seek Me; I am with thee everywhere;
Raise the stone, and thou shalt find Me, cleave the wood and I am there.

Source: Methodist Hymn and Tune Book: official hymn book of the Methodist Church #397

Author: Henry Van Dyke

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First Line: Never in a prince's palace
Author: Henry Van Dyke

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BEECHER

John Zundel's BEECHER (named after Henry Ward Beecher, his pastor) was first published in his Christian Heart Songs (1870) as a setting for Charles Wesley's "Love Divine, All Loves Excelling" (568). The tune is also known as ZUNDEL. Approximating the shape of a rounded bar form (AA'BA'), BEECHER is…

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Methodist Hymn and Tune Book #397

Songs for Young and Old #d91

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