O thou who hast thy servants taught

O thou who hast thy servants taught

Author: Henry Alford
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1 O Thou who hast Thy servants taught
That not by words alone,
But by the fruits of holiness,
The life of God is shown,
The life of God is shown!

2 While in Thy house of prayer we meet,
And call Thee God and Lord,
Give us a heart to follow Thee,
Obedient to Thy Word!
Obedient to Thy Word!

3 Through all the dangerous paths of life,
Uphold us as we go;
That with our lips, and in our lives,
Thy glory we may show,
Thy glory we may show.


Source: The Hymnal and Order of Service #488

Author: Henry Alford

Alford, Henry, D.D., son of  the Rev. Henry Alford, Rector of Aston Sandford, b. at 25 Alfred Place, Bedford Row, London, Oct. 7, 1810, and educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, graduating in honours, in 1832. In 1833 he was ordained to the Curacy of Ampton. Subsequently he held the Vicarage of Wymeswold, 1835-1853,--the Incumbency of Quebec Chapel, London, 1853-1857; and the Deanery of Canterbury, 1857 to his death, which took. place  at  Canterbury, Jan. 12, 1871.  In addition he held several important appointments, including that of a Fellow of Trinity, and the Hulsean Lectureship, 1841-2. His literary labours extended to every department of literature, but his noblest undertaking was his edition of the Greek Testament, the result… Go to person page >

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First Line: O thou who hast thy servants taught
Author: Henry Alford


O Thou Who hast Thy servants [children] taught. H. Alford. [Fruits of Holiness.] First published in his Psalms & Hymns, 1844, No. 61, in 4 stanzas of 4 lines, for the 8th Sunday after Trinity, and again in his Year of Praise, 1867, No. 47, for the 3rd Sunday after Epiphany. Another form to adapt it for children is, "O Thou Who hast Thy children taught." It is composed of stanzas i., iv. slightly altered.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



ST. PETER (Reinagle)

Composed by Alexander R. Reinagle (b. Brighton, Sussex, England, 1799; d. Kidlington, Oxfordshire, England, 1877), ST. PETER was published as a setting for Psalm 118 in Reinagle's Psalm Tunes for the Voice and Pianoforte (c. 1836). The tune first appeared with Newton's text in Hymns Ancient and Mode…

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