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The day of freedom

O Thou whose presence went before

Author: John Greenleaf Whittier
Published in 26 hymnals

Full Text

O Thou, whose presence went before
Our fathers in their weary way,
As with Thy chosen moved of yore
The fire by night, the cloud by day!

When, from each temple of the free,
A nation’s song ascends to heaven,
Most holy Father, unto Thee
Now let our humble prayer be given.

Sweet peace be here; and hope and love
Be round us as a mantle thrown,
As unto Thee, supreme above,
The knee of prayer is bowed alone.

And grant, O Father, that the time
Of earth’s deliverance may be near,
When every land, and tongue, and clime,
The message of Thy love shall hear;—

When, smitten as with fire from heaven,
The captive’s chain shall sink in dust,
And to his fettered soul be given
The glorious freedom of the just.

Source: A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion (15th ed.) #435

Author: John Greenleaf Whittier

Whittier, John Greenleaf, the American Quaker poet, was born at Haverhill, Massachusetts, Dec. 17, 1807. He began life as a farm-boy and shoemaker, and subsequently became a successful journalist, editor and poet. In 1828 he became editor of the American Manufacturer (Boston), in 1830 of the New England Review, and an 1836 (on becoming Secretary to the American Anti-Slavery Society) of the Pennsylvania Freeman. He was also for some time, beginning with 1847, the corresponding editor of the National Era. In 1840 he removed to Amesbury, Massachusetts, where most of his later works have been written. At the present time [1890] he lives alternately at Amesbury and Boston. His first poetical piece was printed in the Newburyport Free Press in 182… Go to person page >

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First Line: O Thou whose presence went before
Title: The day of freedom
Author: John Greenleaf Whittier



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A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion (15th ed.) #435Text
A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion. (10th ed.) #435Page Scan
Children's Praise: a book of prayers and hymns for the children of the church #120Page Scan
Christian Hymns for Public and Private Worship: a collection compiled by a committee of the Cheshire Pastoral Association (11th ed.) #750Page Scan
Church Choral-Book: containing tunes and hymns for congregational singing, and adapted to choirs and social worship #80Page Scan
Grammar School Hymn Book #d196
Hymn and Tune Book for the Church and the Home and Services for Congregational Worship. Rev. ed. #d551
Hymn and Tune Book for the Church and the Home. (Rev. ed.) #804Page Scan
Hymn and Tune Book, for the Church and the Home #691Page Scan
Hymn Book for Christian Worship. 8th ed. #d13
Hymns and Songs for the Friends of Freedom #d16
Hymns and Songs for the Sunday School #158Page Scan
Hymns for Children and Young Persons #d327
Hymns for Christian Devotion: especially adapted to the Universalist denomination #803Page Scan
Hymns for Christian Devotion: especially adapted to the Universalist denomination. (New ed.) #803Page Scan
Hymns for Public Worship #561Page Scan
Hymns for Sunday School Worship #d61
Hymns for the Church of Christ (3rd thousand) #465Page Scan
Hymns for the Church of Christ. (6th thousand) #465Page Scan
Hymns of the Spirit #253Page Scan
One Hundred Non-Sectarian Hymns for Use in Church and Home. 10 vols. in 1 #d56
Songs of the League #46Page Scan
The Gospel Psalmist #799Page Scan
The School Hymn-Book: for normal, high, and grammar schools #279Page Scan
The Students' Hymnal #246Page Scan
Vestry Harmonies: a collection of hymns and tunes for all occasions of social worship #104aPage Scan