Savior, bless Thy [the] word [words] to all

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1 Saviour, bless Thy word to all;
Quick and pow’rful let it prove;
Oh, may sinners hear Thy call;
Let Thy people grow in love.

2 Thine own gracious message bless;
Follow it with pow’r divine;
Give the gospel great success;
Thine the work, the glory Thine.

3 Saviour, bid the world rejoice;
Send, oh send Thy truth abroad;
Let the nations hear Thy voice
Hear it, and return to God.

Source: Gloria Deo: a Collection of Hymns and Tunes for Public Worship in all Departments of the Church #518

Author: Thomas Kelly

Kelly, Thomas, B.A., son of Thomas Kelly, a Judge of the Irish Court of Common Pleas, was born in Dublin, July 13, 1769, and educated at Trinity College, Dublin. He was designed for the Bar, and entered the Temple, London, with that intention; but having undergone a very marked spiritual change he took Holy Orders in 1792. His earnest evangelical preaching in Dublin led Archbishop Fowler to inhibit him and his companion preacher, Rowland Hill, from preaching in the city. For some time he preached in two unconsecrated buildings in Dublin, Plunket Street, and the Bethesda, and then, having seceded from the Established Church, he erected places of worship at Athy, Portarlington, Wexford, &c, in which he conducted divine worship and preached. H… Go to person page >

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First Line: Savior, bless Thy [the] word [words] to all
Author: Thomas Kelly


Saviour, bless the word to all. T. Kelly. [For a blessing on the Word.] Appeared in the second edition of his Hymns, &c, 1806, in 3 stanzas of 4 lines (ed. 1853, No, 434). It is in common use in this form. In the American Unitarian Hymns for the Church of Christ, 1853, it is altered to "Father, bless Thy word to all." This text is repeated in a few collections; and, sometimes, as in the Songs for the Sanctuary, N. Y., 1865, with C. Wesley's stanza, "Sing we to our God above," as a doxology.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)


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HENDON was composed by Henri A. Cesar Malan (b. Geneva, Switzerland, 1787; d. Vandoeuvres, Switzerland, 1864) and included in a series of his own hymn texts and tunes that he began to publish in France in 1823, and which ultimately became his great hymnal Chants de Sion (1841). HENDON is thought to…

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