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O thou who gavest power to love

O thou who gavest power to love

Author: Mandell Creighton
Published in 6 hymnals

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1. O Thou who gavest power to love
That we might fix our hearts on Thee,
Preparing us for joys above
By that which here on earth we see:

2. Thy Spirit trains our souls to know
The growing purpose of Thy will,
And gives to love the power to show
That purpose growing larger still;

3. Larger, as love to reverent eyes
Makes manifest another soul,
And shows to life a richer prize,
A clearer course, a nobler goal.

4. Lord, grant Thy servants who implore
Thy blessing on the hearts they blend,
That from that union evermore
New joys may blossom to the end.

5. Make what is best in each combine
To purge all earthly dross away,
To strengthen, purify, refine,
To beautify each coming day.

6. So may they hand in hand advance
Along life’s path from troubles free;
Brave to meet adverse circumstance
Because their love points up to Thee.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #5429

Author: Mandell Creighton

Creighton, Mandell, D.D., was b. at Carlisle, July 5, 1843, consecrated Bishop of Peterborough, 1891, translated to London 1896, and d. at Fulham, London, Jan. 14, 1901. For details of his career see the most interesting Life and Letters, 1904, edition by his wife. He was the author of only one hymn, "O Thou Who gavest power to love" (Holy Matrimony). This he wrote in London, early in 1900. He gave a copy in manuscript to the Hon. Sarah Kathleen, daughter of the 4th Lord Lyttleton, who bad it printed, and it was first used on April 26, 1900, at St. Margaret's Church, Westminster, on the occasion of her marriage to Mr. J. C. Bailey, of Egerton Gardens, London. It is in Bp. Creighton's Life & Letters, 1904, vol. ii., p. 515, and The English H… Go to person page >

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After various tunes had been set to this text, Gladden insisted on the use of MARYTON. Composed by H. Percy Smith (b. Malta, 1825; d. Bournemouth, Hampshire, England, 1898), the tune was originally published as a setting for John Keble's "Sun of My Soul" in Arthur S. Sullivan's Church Hymns with Tun…

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The Cyber Hymnal #5429
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