Shall I forsake that heavenly friend

Shall I forsake that heavenly friend

Author: Thomas Jervis
Published in 13 hymnals

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1 Shall I forsake that heav'nly Friend,
On whom my noblest hopes depend?
Forbid it, that my wand'ring heart
From thee, my Saviour, should depart!

2 First let the wheels of life stand still,
Ere I forget thy gracious will;
Ere I submit to guilty shame,
And bring dishonour on thy name.

3 Faithful to thee, and to thy laws,
With zeal I would maintain thy cause,
The cause of truth and righteousness,
'Midst trial, suff'ring, and distress.

4 If e'er I'm call'd t'encounter death
For thee, may I resign my breath;
And rap at last the bright reward,
Which waits the servants of the Lord.

Source: A Collection of Hymns and A Liturgy: for the use of Evangelical Lutheran Churches; to which are added prayers for families and individuals #300

Author: Thomas Jervis

Jervis, Thomas, son of a Presbyterian Minister of the same name, was born at Ipswich in 1748, and educated for the Ministry at Hoxton. In 1770 he was appointed classical and mathematical tutor at the Exeter Academy. From 1772 to 1783 he was tutor to the sons of the Earl of Shelburne, at Bowood, where Dr. Priestley was librarian. In the latter year Jervis succeeded Dr. A. Rees at St. Thomas's Southwark, moving in 1796, after the death of Dr. Kippis, to the Princes' St. Chapel, Westminster. From 1808 to 1818 he was minister at the Mill Hill Chapel, Leeds. After his retirement he lived in the neighbourhood of London, and died there in 1833. Jervis was one of the four editors of A Collection of Hymns & Psalms for Public & Private Worship, Londo… Go to person page >

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns, for Social and Private Worship #483

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns, for Social and Private Worship (Rev. ed. with supplement) #483

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Selection of Hymns, for Public Worship designed to be used with Watts' #87

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