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O God of Bethel, by Whose hand

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1 O God of Bethel, by whose hand
thy people still are fed,
who through this weary pilgrimage
hast all our fathers led;

2 Our vows, our prayers, we now present
before thy throne of grace;
God of our fathers, be the God
of their succeeding race.

3 Through each perplexing path of life
our wandering footsteps guide;
give us each day our daily bread,
and raiment fit provide.

4 O spread thy covering wings around
till all our wanderings cease,
and at our Father's loved abode
our souls arrive in peace.

Source: Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #744a

Author: Philip Doddridge

Doddridge, Philip, D.D., was born in London, June 26, 1702. His grandfather was one of the ministers under the Commonwealth, who were ejected in 1662. His father was a London oilman. He was offered by the Duchess of Bedford an University training for ordination in the Church of England, but declined it. He entered Mr. Jennings's non-conformist seminary at Kibworth instead; preached his first sermon at Hinckley, to which Mr. Jennings had removed his academy. In 1723 he was chosen pastor at Kibworth. In 1725 he changed his residence to Market Harborough, still ministering at Kibworth. The settled work of his life as a preceptor and divine began in 1729, with his appointment to the Castle Hill Meeting at Northampton, and continued till in the… Go to person page >


O God of Bethel, by Whose hand, p. 832, i,, iii. E. Darracott's version of this hymn was included in The Star of the West, being Memoirs of the Life of the late Bisdon Darracott, London, 1813, pp. 40,41, as a hymn written after his marriage, which took place in Dec. 1741. Hence has arisen the modern claim for Darracott as the author of the hymn, as against the claims of Doddridge. The Darracott version, as the editor of the Memoirs remarks, excites "no high idea of his poetic genius." Besides rewriting the hymn to adapt it to his circumstances in 1741, Darracott added the following concluding stanza:—
"For if, O Lord, Thou ours wilt be, We can give up the rest, Our souls possess'd alone of Thee, Are infinitely blest."
[Rev. James Mearns, M.A.] --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)



DUNDEE (Ravenscroft)

DUNDEE first appeared in the 1615 edition of the Scottish Psalter published in Edinburgh by Andro Hart. Called a "French" tune (thus it also goes by the name of FRENCH), DUNDEE was one of that hymnal's twelve "common tunes"; that is, it was not associated with a specific psalm. In the Psalter Hymnal…

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Instances (1 - 24 of 24)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #744aText
Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #744bText
Anglican Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #545
Church Hymnal, Fifth Edition #657
Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #268TextPage Scan
Common Praise (1998) #555Page Scan
Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #536aPage Scan
Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #536bPage Scan
Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #491aTextPage Scan
Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #491bTextPage Scan
Complete Mission Praise #907
Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #709TextPage Scan
Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Standard Edition #216
Hymns and Psalms: a Methodist and ecumenical hymn book #442
Hymns Old and New: New Anglican #364
Presbyterian Hymnal: hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs #269TextPage Scan
Rejoice in the Lord #45TextPage Scan
Singing the Faith #475
Small Church Music #261Audio
The Cyber Hymnal #4837TextScoreAudio
The New English Hymnal #416aTextPage Scan
The New English Hymnal #416bTextPage Scan
Together in Song: Australian hymn book II #564
Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #650TextPage Scan
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