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The River of God

There is a river deep and broad, its course no mortal knows

Author: William Hurn
Published in 15 hymnals

Author: William Hurn

Hurn, William, born at Breccles Hall, Norfolk, Dec. 21, 1754. His education was superior, enabling him, in 1777 to take the post of classical tutor in the Free Grammar School, Dedham, Essex. In 1779 he entered the army, but resigning his commission in 1780, he was ordained by Bishop Young of Norwich, in 1781. After holding various curacies, including Beighton Broome, Stowmarket, &c, he was presented in 1790 to the Vicarage of Debenham, Suffolk. In October, 1822, he resigned his Vicarage, and in April, 1823, undertook the pastorate of the Congregational chapel at Woodbridge, in the same county. This he retained to his death, Oct. 9, 1829. His poetical works included:— (1) Health Hill, a descriptive poem, 1777; (2) Blessings of Peac… Go to person page >

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First Line: There is a river deep and broad, its course no mortal knows
Title: The River of God
Author: William Hurn
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Flow on, flow on sweet stream
Copyright: Public Domain


There is a River deep and broad. W. Hurn. [The Holy Spirit.] From his Psalms & Hymns, 1813.

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



Instances (1 - 15 of 15)

Anglican Hymn Book #245

Chapel Echoes No. 1 #d29

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Church Harmonies #738

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Hymn and Tune Book for the Church and the Home. (Rev. ed.) #472

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Hymn and Tune Book, for the Church and the Home #469

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Pilgrim Songs #140

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Royal Gems #119

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Select Songs No. 2 #81

The Book of Praise #d364

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The Churchman's Treasury of Song #130

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The Welcome #63

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The Westminster Abbey Hymn-Book #205

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The Wreath of Gems #74

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Worship Song #471

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