O Lord, Thy benediction give

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1 O Lord, Thy benediction give
On all who teach, on all who learn,
So that Thy church may holier live,
And every lamp more brightly burn.

2 Give those who teach pure hearts of love—
Hearts filled with faith and warmed by prayer—
And souls attuned to Thee above,
That they may guide Thy people there.

3 Give those that learn the willing ear,
The spirit meek, the guileless mind.
Such gifts will make the lowliest here
Far better than a kingdom find.

4 O bless the shepherd, bless the sheep,
That guide and guided both be one,
One in the faithful watch they keep,
One in the joy of work well done.

Amen.

Source: The Hymnal of The Evangelical United Brethren Church #372

Author: John Armstrong

Armstrong, John, D.D., eldest son of Dr. Armstrong, a physician, was born at Wearmouth, Aug. 22, 1813, and educated at Charterhouse, and Lincoln College, Oxford, B.A. 1836. Taking Holy Orders in 1837, he was Curate of Alford, 1837; Priest-vicar of Exeter Cathedral, 1841; Rector of St. Paul's, Exeter, 1843; Vicar of Tidenham, 1845; and Bishop of Grahamstown, 1853. He died May 16, 1856. His Memoirs, by T. T. Carter, were published in 1857. He published The Pastor in his Closet, in 1847. In it appeared his hymn "O Thou Who makest souls to shine," (Ember Days) in 3 stanzas of 8 lines. It is given in the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge Church Hymns, 1871; Thring's Collection, 1882, &c. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendi… Go to person page >

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