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O not to crush with abject fear

O not to crush with abject fear

Author: William Gaskell
Published in 4 hymnals

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O, not to crush with abject fear
The burdened soul of man
Did Jesus on the earth appear,
And open heaven’s high plan:
He came to bid him find repose,
And God his Father know;
And thus with love to raise up those
That once were bowed low.

O, not in coldness nor in pride
His holy path he trod;
’Twas his delight to turn aside
And win the lost to God;
And unto sorrowing guilt disclose
The fount whence peace should flow;
And thus with love to raise up those
That once were bowed low.

O, not with cold, unfeeling eye
Did he the suffering view;
Not on the other side pass by,
And deem their tears untrue;
’Twas joy to him to heal their woes,
And heaven’s sweet refuge show;
And thus with love to raise up those
That once were bowed low.



Source: A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion (15th ed.) #122

Author: William Gaskell

Gaskell, William, M.A., son of Mr. William Gaskell, was born at Latchford (a suburb of Warrington, on the Cheshire side of the Mersey), 24 July, 1805. He was educated at Manchester New College and at the University of Glasgow, where he graduated M.A. in 1825. In 1828 he became co-pastor with the Rev. J. G. Robberds at Cross Street Unitarian Chapel, Manchester, a position he held until his death. Mr. Gaskell was a man of cultivated mind and considerable literary ability. His publications include Lectures on the Lancashire Dialect, 1853, a small volume of Temperance Rhymes, 1839, and various theological works. In 1832 he married Elizabeth Cleghorn Stevenson, who afterwards attained celebrity as the authoress of Mary Barton, and of other popul… Go to person page >

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Author: William Gaskell

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