The Friend Unseen

O Christ, our God, Who with Thine own hast been

Author: George Hugh Bourne
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1 O Christ, our God, who with Thine own hast been,
Our spirits cleave to Thee, the Friend unseen.

2 Vouchsafe that all who on Thy bounty feed
May heed Thy love, and prize Thy gifts indeed.

3 Make every heart that is Thy dwelling-place
A watered garden filled with fruits of grace.

4 Each holy purpose help us to fulfil;
Increase our faith to feed upon Thee still.

5 Illuminate our minds, that we may see
In all around us holy signs of Thee.

6 And may such witness in our lives appear,
That all may know Thou hast been with us here.

7 O grant us peace, that by Thy peace possessed,
Thy life within us we may manifest.

8 So shall we pass our days in holy fear,
In joyful consciousness that Thou art near.

9 So shalt Thou be for ever, loving Lord,
Our Shield and our exceeding great Reward.

Source: Methodist Hymn and Tune Book: official hymn book of the Methodist Church #463

Author: George Hugh Bourne

Bourne, George Hugh, D.C.L., son of Rev. R. B. Bourne, born at St. Paul's Cray, Kent, 8th Nov. 1840, and educated at Eton, and O. C. C, Oxford, graduating B.A., 1863; B.C.L., 1866; and D.C.L. 1871. Taking Holy Orders in 1863, he became Curate of Sandford-on-Thames, 1863. He was afterwards Head Master of Chardstock College, and is now (1886) Warden of the same school, which has been transferred to St. Edmund's, Salisbury. Dr. Bourne has written the following hymns:— 1. Scarce discerning aught before us. General, Written in Switzerland in 1861, and published in Lyra Messianica, 1864, p. 17, in 10 stanzas of 4 lines, and repeated in the Appendix to the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge Psalms & Hymns, 1869, in an abbreviated fo… Go to person page >

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First Line: O Christ, our God, Who with Thine own hast been
Title: The Friend Unseen
Author: George Hugh Bourne
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



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