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Our God, our God, thou shinest here

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1. Our God, our God, Thou shinest here,
Thine own this latter day;
To us Thy radiant steps appear,
Here goes Thy glorious way!
To us Thy radiant steps appear,
Here goes Thy glorious way!

2. We shine not only with the light
Thou sheddest down of yore;
On us Thou streamest strong and bright
Thy comings are not o’er.
On us Thou streamest strong and bright
Thy comings are not o’er.

3. The fathers had not all of Thee,
New births are in Thy grace;
All open to our souls shall be
Thy glory’s hiding-place.
All open to our souls shall be
Thy glory’s hiding-place.

4. Thy comest near; Thou standest by;
Our work begins to shine;
Thou dwellest with us mightily—
On come the years divine!
Thou dwellest with us mightily—
On come the years divine!

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #5467

Author: Thomas H. Gill

Gill, Thomas Hornblower, was born at Bristol Road, Birmingham, Feb. 10th, 1819. His parents belonged to English Presbyterian families which, like many others, had become Unitarian in their doctrine. He was educated at King Edward's Grammar School under Dr. Jeune, afterwards Bishop of Peterborough. He left the school in 1838, and would have proceeded to the University of Oxford, but was prevented by his hereditary Unitarianism (long since given up), which forbade subscription to the Articles of the Church of England then necessary for entrance to the University. This constrained him to lead the life of an isolated student, in which he gave himself chiefly to historical and theological subjects. Hence his life has been singularly devoid of ou… Go to person page >

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First Line: Our God, our God, thou shinest here
Author: Thomas H. Gill

Notes

Our God, our God, Thou shinest here. T. H. Gill. [Whitsuntide.] Written in 1946, and first published in G. Dawson’s Psalms & Hymns, 1846, No. 119, in stanzas of 4 lines. In 1853 it was given in Hedge & Huntington’s Hymns for the Church of Christ, No. 726, with the omission of stanza vi., and thus came into American common use. It was rewritten by the author for his Golden Chain, &c., 1869, No. 55, in 8 stanzas of 4 lines, is therein entitled “The Glory of the latter days,” and is accompanied with the quotation from Milton:--
“The power of Thy grace is not passed away with the primitive times as fond and faithless men imagine, but Thy kingdom is now at hand, and Thou standing at the door.”
The Baptist Hymnal, 1879, No. 756; Dale’s English Hymn Book, 1874, No. 364; Horder’s Congregational Hymns, 1884, No. 185, and other modern English collections follow the 1869 text. The cento “Come, Holy Ghost, in us arise,” in the American Baptist Service of Song, Boston, 1871, is also from the 1869 text, and is composed of stanzas v.-viii. The author says of the full text, “I approve of both forms, but the earlier has more freshness and freedom.” --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

Tune

CORONATION (Holden)

Like MILES LANE (470), CORONATION was written for this text. Oliver Holden (b. Shirley, MA, 1765; d. Charlestown, MA, 1844) composed the tune in four parts with a duet in the third phrase. The tune, whose title comes from the theme of Perronet's text, was published in Holden's Union Harmony (1793).…

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