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O Lord of health and life, what tongue can tell

O Lord of health and life, what tongue can tell

Author: Greville Phillimore
Published in 10 hymnals

Representative Text

1 O Lord of health and life, what tongue can tell,
How at Thy word were loosed the bands of hell;
How Thy pure touch removed the leprous stain,
And the polluted flesh grew clean again?

2 O wash our hearts, restore the contrite soul,
Stretch forth Thy healing hand, and make us whole;
O bend our stubborn knees to kneel to Thee,
Speak but the word and we once more are free.

3 Yea, Lord, we claim the promise of Thy love,
Thy love, which can all guilt, all pain remove;
Nigh to our souls Thy great salvation bring,
Then sickness hath no pang, and death no sting.

4 We hail this pledge in all Thy deeds of grace,
As once disease and sorrow fled Thy face,
So when that face again unveiled we see,
Sickness, and tears, and death no more shall be.

5 Then grant us strength to pray, "Thy kingdom come,"
When we shall know Thee in Thy Father's home,
And at Thy great Epiphany adore
The co-eternal Godhead evermore.

Source: The Lutheran Hymnary #235

Author: Greville Phillimore

Phillimore, Greville, M.A., was born in 1821 and educated at Westminster, the Charterhouse, and Christ Church, Oxford (B.A. 1842). Taking Holy Orders in 1843, he became Vicar of Downe-Ampney, Cricklade, Gloucestershire, in 1851, Rector of Henley-on-Thames, 1867, and of Ewelme, 1883. He died Jan. 20, 1884. His Parochial Sermons were pu.lished in 1856. He was joint editor with H. W. Beadon and J. R. Woodford (afterwards Bishop of Ely) of The Parish Hymn Book, 1863 (195 hymns), and the enlarged edition, 1875 (274 hymns). The first edition of this collection was one of the first hymn-books which gave Dr. Neale's translations of Greek hymns for congregational use. To the 1863 edition Mr. Phillimore contributed the following hymns, several of whi… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: O Lord of health and life, what tongue can tell
Author: Greville Phillimore



Instances (1 - 10 of 10)

A Church of England Hymn Book #136

Church Hymns with Tunes #97

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Hymns for the Reformed Church in the United States #79

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The Evangelical Hymnal with Tunes #226

The Hymnal of the Reformed Church in the United States #d474

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The Lutheran Hymnary #235

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The Presbyterian Hymnal #128

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The Presbyterian Hymnal #128

The Sarum Hymnal #73

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Worship in Song #184

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