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Delight in God

Grant Lord, I may delight in Thee

Author: John Ryland (1777)
Published in 220 hymnals

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Audio files: MIDI

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1 O Lord, I would delight in thee,
and on thy care depend;
to thee in ev'ry trouble flee,
my best, my only friend.

2 When all created streams are dried,
thy fulness is the same:
may I with this be satisfied,
and glory in thy name.

3 No good in creatures can be found
but may be found in thee;
I must have all things and abound,
while God is God to me.

4 He that has made my heav'n secure
will here all good provide;
while Christ is rich can I be poor?
What can I want beside?

5 O Lord, I cast my care on thee;
I triumph and adore;
henceforth my great concern shall be
to love and please thee more.

Source: Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #510

Author: John Ryland

Ryland, John, D.D., son of Rev. John Collett Ryland, was born at Warwick, Jan. 29, 1753. At that time his father was Baptist minister at Warwick, but in 1759 removed to Northampton. "J. Ryland, junior," as for many years he was accustomed to subscribe himself, was in 1781 ordained co-pastor with his father at Northampton. In 1794 he accepted the presidency of the Baptist College and the pastorate of the church in Broadmead, Bristol, and these offices he retained until his death on June 25, 1825. Dr. Ryland was a man of considerable literary culture, and received the degree of D.D. from Brown University, Rhode Island. He was one of the founders of the Baptist Missionary Society, and for the three years following the death of Rev. A. Fuller,… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Grant Lord, I may delight in Thee
Title: Delight in God
Author: John Ryland (1777)
Source: A Selection of Hymns from the Best Authors, 1787, by John Rippon
Language: English
Notes: Ryland said about these words, "I recollect deeper feelings of mind in composing this hymn, than perhaps I ever felt in making any other."
Copyright: Public Domain


SOUTHPORT (Kingsley)


RICHMOND (also known as CHESTERFIELD) is a florid tune originally written by Thomas Haweis (PHH 270) and published in his collection Carmina Christo (1792). Samuel Webbe, Jr., adapted and shortened the tune and published it in his Collection of Psalm Tunes (1808). It was reprinted in 1853 in Webbe's…

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BELMONT (Gardiner)

This tune has been mis-attributed to various other composers, but is clearly the work of the above-named composer.

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The Cyber Hymnal #5102
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