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O For A Heart Prepared To Sing

O for a heart prepared to sing

Author: Samuel Medley
Published in 1 hymnal

Printable scores: PDF, Noteworthy Composer
Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 O for a heart prepared to sing
To God, my Savior, and my king;
While with His saints I join to tell,
My Jesus has done all things well.

2 All worlds His glorious power confess;
His wisdom all His works express;
But O His love what tongue can tell!
My Jesus has done all things well.

3 How sovereign, wonderful and free
Is all His love to sinful me!
He plucked me as a brand from hell:
My Jesus has done all things well.

4 I spurned His grace, I broke His laws,
And yet He undertook my cause,
To save me, though I did rebel:
My Jesus has done all things well.

5 And since my soul has known His love
What mercies has He made me prove!
Mercies which all my praise excel,
My Jesus has done all things well.

6 Whene’er my Savior and my God
Has on me laid His gentle rod,
I know, in all that has befell,
My Jesus has done all things well.

7 Tho’ oft a fiery, flaming dart
The tempter levels at my heart,
With this I all his rage repel,
My Jesus has done all things well.

8 Sometimes He’s pleased His face to hide,
To make me pray, or kill my pride;
Yet I am helped on this to dwell:
My Jesus has done all things well.

9 Soon shall I pass the vale of death,
And, in His arms, shall lose my breath;
Yet then my happy soul shall tell,
My Jesus has done all things well.

10 And, when to that bright world I rise,
And join the anthems in the skies,
Above the rest this note shall swell:
"My Jesus has done all things well."

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #8207

Author: Samuel Medley

Medley, Samuel, born June 23, 1738, at Cheshunt, Herts, where his father kept a school. He received a good education; but not liking the business to which he was apprenticed, he entered the Royal Navy. Having been severely wounded in a battle with the French fleet off Port Lagos, in 1759, he was obliged to retire from active service. A sermon by Dr. Watts, read to him about this time, led to his conversion. He joined the Baptist Church in Eagle Street, London, then under the care of Dr. Gifford, and shortly afterwards opened a school, which for several years he conducted with great success. Having begun to preach, he received, in 1767, a call to become pastor of the Baptist church at Watford. Thence, in 1772, he removed to Byrom Street, Liv… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: O for a heart prepared to sing
Title: O For A Heart Prepared To Sing
Author: Samuel Medley
Language: English
Notes: This hymn has appeared in many altered forms, but we believe this text, published just after Medley’s death, is probably close to the orignal. Julian, page 722, states Medley’s hymn was first printed in the June 1776 issue of the Gospel Magazine. But even this usually authoritative researcher seems to be in error, as we cannot find Medley’s hymn in that issue of the magazine. The version below appeared in Hymns. The Public Worship and Private Devotions of True Christians Assisted, in Some Thoughts in Verse: Principally Drawn from Select Passages of the Word of God, by Samuel Medley (London: J. Johnson, 1800), number 122.
Copyright: Public Domain


The Cyber Hymnal #8207
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