Now let our cheerful eyes survey

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1 Now let our cheerful eyes survey
Our great High-Priest above,
And celebrate his constant care
And sympathetic love.

2 Though raised to heaven's exalted throne,
Where angels bow around,
And high o'er all the hosts of light,
With matchless honors crowned--

3 The names of all his saints he bears,
Deep graven on his heart;
Nor shall the weakest Christian say
That he has lost his part.

4 Those characters shall fair abide,
Our everlasting trust,
When gems and monuments and crowns
Have moldered down to dust.

5 So, gracious Saviour, on my breast
May thy loved name be worn,
A sacred ornament and guard,
To endless ages borne.

Source: The Voice of Praise: a collection of hymns for the use of the Methodist Church #233

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 >

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First Line: Now let our cheerful eyes survey
Author: Philip Doddridge


Now let our cheerful eyes survey. P. Doddridge. [Jesus, the High Priest.] This hymn is No. 67 in the D. MSS., but undated. It is placed between hymns which are dated respectively "April 10,1735," and "January 1,1737/8." The heading reads "Christ bearing the names of His people on His breastplate, from Exodus xxviii. 29." When included by Job Orton in his posthumous edition of Doddridge's Hymns, &c, 1755, No. 8, in 5 stanzas of 4 lines, the heading was altered to "Christ's intercession typified by Aaron's Breastplate," and stanza i., l. 4, was changed from "With correspondent love," to "And sympathetic love." In J. D. Humphreys's edition of the Hymns, 1839, No. 9, the line reads, "His sympathy and love." He has also "And high o'er all the heavenly host" for "And high o'er all the shining train," in stanza ii. This hymn is in common use both in Great Britain and America, Orton's text being that commonly adopted. Sometimes, however, it reads, "Now let our trustful eyes survey." --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)


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Like MILES LANE (470), CORONATION was written for this text. Oliver Holden (b. Shirley, MA, 1765; d. Charlestown, MA, 1844) composed the tune in four parts with a duet in the third phrase. The tune, whose title comes from the theme of Perronet's text, was published in Holden's Union Harmony (1793).…

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