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Shine Thou upon Us, Lord

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1 O shine upon these, Lord,
the men ordained today,
that through the written Word,
Christ Jesus they display.
And from their hearts which burn
with gazing on your face,
that we, your people, learn
the wonders of your grace.

2 O breathe upon them, Lord,
your Spirit's living flame,
so that with one accord
their lips may tell your name.
Give them the hearing ear,
direct their ev'ry thought,
that those they serve may hear
the great things you have wrought.

3 O live within them, Lord,
your mind and will be theirs.
You, the Belov'd, adored,
and served with all their pow'rs,
that so your lambs may know
the one true Shepherd's voice.
Where Christ leads, may they go,
and in your call rejoice.

Source: Trinity Psalter Hymnal #547

Author: John Ellerton

John Ellerton (b. London, England, 1826; d. Torquay, Devonshire, England, 1893) Educated at King William's College on the Isle of Man and at Trinity College, Cambridge, England, he was ordained in the Church of England in 1851. He served six parishes, spending the longest time in Crewe Green (1860-1872), a church of steelworkers and farmers. Ellerton wrote and translated about eighty hymns, many of which are still sung today. He helped to compile Church Hymns and wrote its handbook, Notes and Illustrations to Church Hymns (1882). Some of his other hymn texts were published in The London Mission Hymn Book (1884). Bert Polman… Go to person page >

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Shine Thou upon us, Lord. J. Ellerton. [For Parents and Teachers.] In his Hymns, 1888, as "Break Thou to us, O Lord," and dated 1881. Revised by him for the Hymnal Companion, 1890.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)



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