Friends, Not Servants

O how blessed is the service

Author: F. G. Burroughs
Tune: [O how blessed is the service]
Published in 4 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 Oh, how blessed is the service
We may render to the Lord
When all duty glows with pleasure,
And our wills with his accord.

I’m a child, and not a servant,
Of the God whose grace I sing!
I’m an heir of life eternal,—
I’m the friend of Christ my King!

2 Oh, how blessed to be trusted
With the secret of the Lord,
As the Holy Spirit guides us
Through the pathways of his Word. [Refrain]

3 Oh, how blessed to be able
All his promises to claim,
And to bear the royal likeness
‘Mid our service In His Name. [Refrain]

4 Oh, how blessed to be granted
Fellowship with him we love,
Now to share his night of sorrow,—
Then to reign with him above. [Refrain]

5 Oh, how blessed to be growing
Daily in his grace divine,
Sitting at the King’s own table;
Nourished by his bread and wine. [Refrain]

Source: Joyful Sound: a collection of new hymns and music with familiar selections #61

Author: F. G. Burroughs

F. G. Burroughs was born in 1856 (nee Ophelia G. Browning) was the daughter of William Garretson Browning, a Methodist Episcopal minister, and Susan Rebecca Webb Browning. She married Thomas E. Burroughs in 1884. He died in 1904. She married Arthur Prince Adams, in 1905. He was a minister. Her poem, "Unanswered yet" which was written in 1879, was published in the The Christian Standard in 1880 with the name F. G. Browning. She also wrote under the name of Ophelia G. Adams and Mrs. T. E. Burroughs. Dianne Shapiro from The Literary Digest, July 29, 1899., The Register, Pine Plains, NY, October 24, 1884, Alumni Record of Wesleyan University, Middleton, Conn. 1921 Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: O how blessed is the service
Title: Friends, Not Servants
Author: F. G. Burroughs
Language: English
Refrain First Line: I'm a child and not a servant
Copyright: Public Domain



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