O Bless the Lord, My Soul

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1 O bless the Lord, my soul,
His grace to thee proclaim;
And all that is within me, join
to bless His holy Name.

2 O bless the Lord, my soul,
His mercies bear in mind;
Forget not all His benefits,
Who is to Thee so kind.

3 He pardons all thy sins,
Prolongs thy feeble breath;
He healeth thine infirmities,
And ransoms thee from death.

4 He feeds thee with His love,
Upholds thee with His truth;
And, like the eagle's, he renews
The vigour of Thy youth.

5 Then bless the Lord, my soul,
His grace, His love proclaim;
Let all that is within me, join
To bless His holy name.

Hymnal: according to the use of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America, 1871

Author: James Montgomery

Montgomery, James, son of John Montgomery, a Moravian minister, was born at Irvine, Ayrshire, Nov. 4, 1771. In 1776 he removed with his parents to the Moravian Settlement at Gracehill, near Ballymena, county of Antrim. Two years after he was sent to the Fulneck Seminary, Yorkshire. He left Fulneck in 1787, and entered a retail shop at Mirfield, near Wakefield. Soon tiring of that he entered upon a similar situation at Wath, near Rotherham, only to find it quite as unsuitable to his taste as the former. A journey to London, with the hope of finding a publisher for his youthful poems ended in failure; and in 1792 he was glad to leave Wath for Shefield to join Mr. Gales, an auctioneer, bookseller, and printer of the Sheffield Register newspap… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: O bless the Lord, my soul, His grace to thee proclaim
Title: O Bless the Lord, My Soul
Author: James Montgomery
Language: English


ST. THOMAS (Williams)

ST. THOMAS is actually lines 5 through 8 of the sixteen-line tune HOLBORN, composed by Aaron Williams (b. London, England, 1731; d. London, 1776) and published in his Collection (1763, 1765) as a setting for Charles Wesley's text "Soldiers of Christ, Arise" (570). The harmonization is by Lowell Maso…

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ST. MICHAEL (Genevan)



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