Growing in Grace

Praise to thy name, eternal God

Author: Philip Doddridge
Published in 24 hymnals

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1 Praise to thy name, eternal God,
For all the grace thou shed'st abroad;
For all thy influence from above,
To warm our souls with sacred love:

2 Bless'd be thy hand, which from the skies
Brought down this plant of Paradise,
And gave its heavenly beauties birth
To deck this wilderness of earth.

3 But why does that celestial flower
Open, and thrive, and shine no more?
Where are its balmy odors fled?
And why reclines its beauteous head?

4 Too plain, alas! the langour shews
Th' unkindly soil in which it grows;
Where the black frost and beating storm
Wither, and rend its tender form.

5 Unchanging sun thy beams display,
To drive the frost and storms away;
Make all thy potent virtues known
To cheer a plant so much thy own.

6 And thou, bless'd spirit deign to blow
Fresh gales of Heaven on shrubs below;
So shall they grow, and breathe abroad
A fragrance grateful to our God.

Source: A Selection of Hymns: from the best authors, intended to be an appendix to Dr. Watt's psalms and hymns. (1st Am. ed.) #CCCXXII

Author: Philip Doddridge

Philip Doddridge (b. London, England, 1702; d. Lisbon, Portugal, 1751) belonged to the Non-conformist Church (not associated with the Church of England). Its members were frequently the focus of discrimination. Offered an education by a rich patron to prepare him for ordination in the Church of England, Doddridge chose instead to remain in the Non-conformist Church. For twenty years he pastored a poor parish in Northampton, where he opened an academy for training Non-conformist ministers and taught most of the subjects himself. Doddridge suffered from tuberculosis, and when Lady Huntington, one of his patrons, offered to finance a trip to Lisbon for his health, he is reputed to have said, "I can as well go to heaven from Lisbon as from Nort… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Praise to thy name, eternal God
Title: Growing in Grace
Author: Philip Doddridge
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Public Worship #LXXXIV

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Publick Worship #LXXXIV

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Social and Private Worship #CCXXIX

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A Selection of Hymns from the Best Authors. #322

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A Selection of Hymns #CCCXXII

A Selection of Hymns....3d ed #d190

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Baptist Hymn Book #a359

Hymns and Psalms, Original and Modern, Selected and Revised #d262

Hymns, Selected from Various Authors, for the Use of Young Persons #d182

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The Baptist Hymn Book #359

The Christian Psalter #d452

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The Cluster of Spiritual Songs, Divine Hymns and Sacred Poems #CCCLXIII

The Modern Harp #d205

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The Psalms and Hymns of Dr. Watts #1040

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The Springfield Collection of Hymns for Sacred Worship #297

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