Joseph Confronting his Brethren

Smote to the heart, by conscious guilt

Author: George Richards
Published in 2 hymnals

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1 Smote to the heart, by conscious guilt
Of wrong, intended Joseph's blood,
His trembling brethren sue for peace,
And dread chastisement's iron rod.

2 Though evil they—yet Joseph good,
Comforts, speaks kind, wipes off their tears,
And standing as the type of God,
Removes each doubt—and calms all fears.

3 Thus does the soul of sinful men,
Heap indignation, anguish, wrath;
Till heav'n's own purpose in the plan,
Gleams mercy round his clouded path.

4 Lord, thou art good—supremely good!
No condemnation comes from thee:
When enemies redeem'd by blood;
Much more, thy life shall set us free.

Source: Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs: selected and original, designed for the use of the Church Universal in public and private devotion #XXIX

Author: George Richards

Richards, George, born near Newport, Rhode Island, circa 1755. For some years he was Purser and Chaplain in the United States Navy, and also taught a school in Boston. In 1789 he became an Universalist preacher, ministered at Portsmouth, New Haven, 1793-1809, and from 1809 in Philadelphia, where, his mind having given way under trouble, he died by his own hand, March 16, 1816. With S. Lane he edited the Universalist Hymn Book, published at Boston, 1792. This was one of the earliest collections of that body. It contained 49 of Richards's hymns. In 1801 he published A Collection of Hymns, Dover, New Hampshire, which contained 6 additional hymns by himself, and in 1806, also at Dover, a second edition of the same, greatly enlarged, with anothe… Go to person page >

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First Line: Smote to the heart, by conscious guilt
Title: Joseph Confronting his Brethren
Author: George Richards
Meter: 8.8.8.8
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

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