Now let our mourning [drooping] hearts revive

Now let our mourning [drooping] hearts revive

Author: Philip Doddridge (1755)
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1 Now let our drooping hearts revive,
And let our tears be dry:
Why should those eyes be drown'd in grief,
Which view a Saviour nigh?

2 Though earthly shepherds dwell in dust,
The aged and the young;
The watchful eye in darkness clos'd,
And mute th’instructive tongue:

3 Th'Eternal Shepherd still survives,
New comfort to impart;
His hand still guides us, and his voice
Still animates our heart.

4 The pow'rs of nature, Lord! are thine,
And thine the aids of grace;
Thine arm has borne thy churches up,
Through ev'ry rising race.

5 Exert thy sacred influence here;
Thy mourning servants bless;
O change to strains of cheerful praise
Their accents of distress.

Source: Hymns, Selected and Original: for public and private worship (1st ed.) #578

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 >

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First Line: Now let our mourning [drooping] hearts revive
Author: Philip Doddridge (1755)
Language: English
Publication Date: 1849
Copyright: Public Domain


Now let our mourning hearts revive. P. Doddridge. [Death of a Minister.] Written on the death of a Minister, at Kettering, August 22, 1736, and headed, "Comfort in God under the Removal of Ministers; or, other Useful Persons by Death, Joshua, i. 2, 4, 5" (D. MSS.) It was given in Job Orton's posthumous edition of Doddridge's Hymns, &c, 1755, No. 17, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines, with the heading changed to, "Support in the gracious presence of God under the Loss of Ministers, and other useful Friends"; and repeated in J. D. Humphreys's edition of the same, in 1839, with the same heading. It is in common use in Great Britain and America. Another form of the text, beginning with stanza ii., "What though the arm of conquering death " is also in several collections.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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