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O thou who in Jordan didst bow

O thou who in Jordan didst bow Thy meek head

Author: George W. Bethune
Tune: ST. MICHAELS (German)
Published in 40 hymnals

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1. O Thou who in Jordan
didst bow Thy meek head,
And, ’whelmed in our sorrow,
didst sink to the dead,
Then rose from the darkness
to glory above,
And claimed for Thy chosen
the kingdom of love.

2. Thy footsteps we follow,
to bow in the tide,
And are buried with Thee
in the death Thou hast died;
Then wake in Thy likeness
to walk in the way
That brightens and brightens
to shadowless day.

3. O Jesus, our Savior,
O Jesus, our Lord,
By the life of Thy passion,
the grace of Thy Word,
Accept us, redeem us,
dwell ever within,
To keep, by Thy Spirit,
our spirits from sin.

4. Till, crowned with Thy glory,
and waving the palm,
Our garments all white
from the blood of the Lamb,
We join the bright millions
of saints gone before,
To bless Thee, and wonder,
and praise evermore.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #5415

Author: George W. Bethune

Bethune, George Washington, D.D. A very eminent divine of the Reformed Dutch body, born in New York, 1805, graduated at Dickinson Coll., Carlisle, Phila., 1822, and studied theology at Princeton. In 1827 he was appointed Pastor of the Reformed Dutch Church, Rinebeck, New York. In 1830 passed to Utica, in 1834 to Philadelphia, and in 1850 to the Brooklyn Heights, New York. In 1861 he visited Florence, Italy, for his health, and died in that city, almost suddenly after preaching, April 27, 1862. His Life and Letters were edited by A. R. Van Nest, 1867. He was offered the Chancellorship of New York University, and the Provostship of the University of Pennsylvania, both of which he declined. His works include The Fruits of the Spirit, 1839; Ser… Go to person page >

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First Line: O thou who in Jordan didst bow Thy meek head
Title: O thou who in Jordan didst bow
Author: George W. Bethune
Copyright: Public Domain


O Thou Who in Jordan didst bow Thy meek head. Adult Baptism. Written for and much used by the Baptists. It is dated 1857.

-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



ST. MICHAEL'S is an anonymous tune first published by William Gawler (b. Lambeth, London, England, 1750; d. London, 1809) in 1789 in his London collection Hymns and Psalms Used at the Asylum for Female Orphans (1785-1789). Gawler was organist at the Asylum of Refuge for French Orphans in Lambeth, th…

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