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O blest are they who oft have said

O blest are they who oft have said

Author: Franklin E. Belden
Published in 4 hymnals

Representative Text

1. O blest are they who oft have said,
"I thirst for righteousness;
I hunger for the heav'nly Bread
With anguish and distress."

2. They of My fulness shall be fed,
For which they hungered sore;
And by the Living Waters led,
Their souls shall thirst no more.

3. Because I am the Truth, the Life,
All fulness dwells in me;
They know no want, no sin, no strife,
Thro' all eternity.

4. How blessed, then, to share a part
With those that hunger here;
To have the panting, thirsty heart,
And shed the bitter tear!

Source: Christ in Song: for all religious services nearly one thousand best gospel hymns, new and old with responsive scripture readings (Rev. and Enl.) #827

Author: Franklin E. Belden

Belden was born in Battle Creek, Michigan in 1858. He began writing music in his late teenage years after moving to California with his family. For health reasons he later moved to Colorado. He returned to Battle Creek with his wife in the early 1880s, and there he became involved in Adventist Church publishing. F. E. Belden wrote many hymn tunes, gospel songs, and related texts in the early years of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Belden was able to rapidly write both music and poetry together which enabled him to write a song to fit a sermon while it was still being delivered. He also wrote songs for evang­el­ist Bil­ly Sun­day. Though Belden’s later years were marred by misunderstandings with the church leadership over his royal… Go to person page >

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First Line: O blest are they who oft have said
Author: Franklin E. Belden



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Christ in Song #d384

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Christ in Song #827

Hymns for Use in Divine Worship ... Seventh-Day Adventists #d744

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The Seventh-Day Adventist Hymn and Tune Book #644

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