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The Holy Word of God

The Holy Word of God

Author: Joshua F. Drake (2004)
Tune: LEX NOSTER
Published in 1 hymnal

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1. The Holy Word of God:
It is the Christian’s rule
To teach, correct, rebuke and train—
The Church’s priceless jewel.

2. Let others rule by whim
Their lives from day to day.
God’s children have His Holy Word,
Which gladly they obey.

3. God-breathed, yet penned by man,
Preserved by arms and art,
The Church has born it in her breast—
She dare not from it part!

4. Nor could she ever do,
Else truth she could not know,
But set adrift in lies and myth
On wayward paths to go.

5. Yet we’ve no cause to fear.
God’s promises are true.
The gates of hell will not prevail
O’er those His grace imbues.

6. So let God’s true Church sing:
Those who His Word do love—
Whom, as is written, shall be saved
To join His courts above.

Author: Joshua F. Drake

Born: Sep­tem­ber 27, 1979, Nash­ville, Ten­nes­see. Drake grew up on 40 acres of land that had been in his fam­i­ly for three gen­er­a­tions. While stu­dy­ing Sac­red Mu­sic at Un­ion Un­i­ver­si­ty in Jack­son, Ten­nes­see, he be­came in­ter­est­ed in sus­tain­ing the church’s hym­no­dy, and de­vel­oped a love for po­e­try. In 2001, he went to pur­sue post­grad­u­ate stu­dies in Mu­sic­ol­o­gy at the Un­i­ver­si­ty of Glas­gow, Scot­land, where he grad­u­at­ed with a M.Mus. in 2003. As of 2006, he was pur­su­ing his Ph.D. on late 15th Cen­tu­ry La­tin mo­tets. He teach­es Hu­man­i­ties and Mu­sic The­o­ry at Grove Ci­ty Col­lege, Penn­syl­van­ia, and wor­ships at… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: The Holy Word of God
Author: Joshua F. Drake (2004)
Language: English
Notes: "I wrote [this hymn] while in Glasgow [Scotland] under the ministry of C. Peter White at Sandyford-Henderson Church of Scotland. Mr. White regularly defended the authority of scripture...and I wrote it as an encouragement to him." Alternate tune: DONCASTER, Samuel Wesley, 1837; FESTAL SONG, William H. Walter, 1872
Copyright: Public Domain

Media

The Cyber Hymnal #2534
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  • XML score (XML)



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