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Thanks to God for those who came

Thanks to God for those who came

Author: John Johns
Published in 4 hymnals

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Thanks to God for those who came
In the Saviour’s glorious name;
Who upon the green earth trod
But to teach the truth of God.

For the great Apostles, first,
Who from life’s endearments burst,
Going from the Cross, and then
Leading to the Cross again:

For the next, who meekly poured
Willing blood to serve the Lord;
Fearless bore the racks of pain,
Felon’s death, or captive’s chain;

And for all, from shore to shore,
Who the blessed tidings bore;
All who wrought for liberty
When ’twas treason to be free.

Ye, who now, in better days,
Live to spread your Maker’s praise,
Shedding, each man’s home around,
Light that consecrates the ground;

Teachers of the word of light,
Go forth in your Master’s might!
Speed your embassy where’er
Life has grief, or death has fear!

Source: A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion (15th ed.) #166

Author: John Johns

Johns, John, born at Plymouth, March 17, 1801, the son of an artist. Educated at the grammar school and by the Rev. I. Worsley, Unitarian minister at Plymouth, and afterwards spent two years at Edinburgh. In 1820 became minister of the old Presbyterian chapel at Crediton, where he remained till his removal to Liverpool in 1836, as Minister to the Poor. He was a man of fine poetic temperament and retiring disposition, but his work among the people called out his great practical and organising ability. He died a sacrifice to the fever which raged in the district where he laboured, June 23, 1847. Besides his reports to the Liverpool Domestic Mission Society, and frequent contributions to the Monthly Repository, Christian Reformer, and Christia… Go to person page >

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First Line: Thanks to God for those who came
Author: John Johns