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Once more my eyes behold the day

Once more my eyes behold the day

Author: Joel Asaac Knight
Published in 21 hymnals

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1 Once more my eyes behold the day,
And to my God my soul would pray
Its tributary lays:
O may the life preserv'd by thee,
With all its powers and blessings, be
Devoted to thy praise.

2 Beneath the shadow of thy wings,
Israel's great keeper, King of kings,
My weary head found rest:
No dire alarms or racking pains,
Devouring flames or galling chains,
Disturb'd my peaceful breast.

3 How many, since I laid me down,
Have launch'd into a world unknown,
To meet a dreadful doom:
While some on wat'ry billows tost,
Or wand'ring on an unknown coast,
Have sigh'd in vain for home.

4 But I am spar'd to see thy face,
A monument of saving grace,
And live to praise thy name:
Still be thou near, my gracious Lord,
To keep and guide, and by thy word
Peace to my soul proclaim.

5 Let me enjoy thy presence here,
In ev'ry storm my heart to cheer,
Till thou shalt bid me rise,
Where sin and sorrow never come,
Till at my blest eternal home
I wake in sweet surprise.

Source: Hymns, Selected and Original: for public and private worship (1st ed.) #611

Author: Joel Asaac Knight

Knight, Joel Abel. In Dobell's New Selection of 700 Evangelical Hymns, 1806, is a hymn on the death of a child, commencing, "Alas! how changed that lovely flower," the name affixed being "Knight." It also appears with the same signature in Denham's Selection, 1837, and in some American hymn-books. The writer was most probably the Rev. Joel Abel Knight, an Evangelical divine, who, in 1789, published a volume of Sermons, and was the author of a small volume of Sacred Poems. Knight was a man of some note, and friend of J. Newton, Greathead, Rippon, and Ryland. He was also the author of "My Father's at the helm." [Rev. W. R. Stevenson, M.A.] --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Once more my eyes behold the day
Author: Joel Asaac Knight
Copyright: Public Domain



Instances (1 - 21 of 21)

Church Melodies, a Collection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs #d841

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Hymns for Family Worship, with Prayers for Every Day in the Week (2nd ed.) #53

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Hymns, Selected and Original, for Public and Private Worship #611

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Hymns, Selected and Original #611

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Hymns #611

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Hymns #611

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Hymns #611

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Hymns #611

Melodies of the Church #d806

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Parish Hymns #27

Parish Psalmody #d641

Parish Psalmody #d654

Prayers for the Use of Families with a Selection of Hymns #d102

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The American Baptist Sabbath-School Hymn-Book #287

The Baptist Sabbath School Hymn Book #d302

The Wesleyan Harp, a Collection of Hymns and Tunes Suitable for Social Worship. 1st ed. #d94

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