1 O Lord, in thy Zion praise waiteth for thee;
Thy glories are seen on the land, on the sea;
We come to thy courts with thanksgiving today,
With grateful affection our homage we pay.
We come with thanksgiving,—O service of joy!
Thy goodness and mercy our lips shall employ;
We come with thanksgiving, thy love to proclaim,
We praise thee, we bless thee, we worship thy name.
2 “The earth is the Lord’s;” yea, its fulness is thine;
The field and the forest, the wealth of the mine;
Thine all thy years’ bounty, its harvest of gold,
Thy kindness hath crowned us with blessings untold. [Refrain]
3 Ten thousand the dangers that lurk in our way,
But thou hast been with us, our shelter and stay;
Thine arm hath encompassed thy people from ill,
For Israel’s God is Deliverer still. [Refrain]
4 Thy hand hath been open our needs to supply,
Thine ear been attentive to each humble cry;
Thy grace all-abounding, O wonderful gift!
Again with rejoicing our souls we uplift. [Refrain]
Pseudonym: Lidie H. Edmunds.
Eliza Edmunds Hewitt was born in Philadelphia 28 June 1851. She was educated in the public schools and after graduation from high school became a teacher. However, she developed a spinal malady which cut short her career and made her a shut-in for many years. During her convalescence, she studied English literature. She felt a need to be useful to her church and began writing poems for the primary department. she went on to teach Sunday school, take an active part in the Philadelphia Elementary Union and become Superintendent of the primary department of Calvin Presbyterian Church.
Dianne Shapiro, from "The Singers and Their Songs: sketches of living gospel hymn writers" by Charles Hutchinson Gabriel (… Go to person page >