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O God of truth, whose living Word

O God of truth, whose living Word

Author: Thomas Hughes (1859)
Published in 62 hymnals

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1 O God of truth, whose living word
upholds whate'er hath breath,
look down on thy creation, Lord,
enslaved by sin and death.

2 Set up thy standard, Lord, that we
who claim a heav'nly birth,
may march with thee to smite the lies
That vex thy groaning earth.

3 We fight for truth? we fight for God?
Poor slaves of lies and sin!
They who would fight for thee on earth
must first be pure within.

4 Then, God of truth, for whom we long,
thou who wilt hear our prayer,
do thine own battle in our hearts,
and slay the falsehood there.

5 Yea, come: then tried as in the fire,
from ev'ry lie set free,
thy perfect truth shall dwell in us,
and we shall live in thee.

Source: Rejoice in the Lord #38

Author: Thomas Hughes

Hughes, Thomas, M.A., born at Donington Priory, near Newbury, Berks, Oct. 20, 1823, and educated at Rugby, and at Oriel College, Oxford (B.A. 1845), and called to the Bar, 1848. From 1865 to 1868 he was M.P. for Lambeth, and from 1868 to 1874 for Frome. Appointed a Queen's Counsel in 1869. He has published several popular works, including Tom Brown's School Days, 1856; The Scouring of the White Horse, 1858; Tom Brown at Oxford, 1861, and others. His hymn:— "0 God of Truth whose Living Word," Truth, 9 stanzas of 4 lines, was given to the Hon. Mrs. Norton for insertion in Lays of the Sanctuary, 1859, p. 98, a collection published for a charitable purpose. It is a hymn of great force, and seems to gather up and embody the distinctive thou… Go to person page >

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DUNFERMLINE is one of the "common" tunes from Andro Hart's psalter The CL Psalms of David, Edinburgh (l615)–a "common" tune was one that was not matched with a specific text in a songbook. Millar Patrick, author of Four Centuries of Scottish Psalmody (London, 1949) and The Story of the Church's So…

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MARTYRS (13153)




The Cyber Hymnal #4904
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