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Thou boundless source of every good

Thou boundless source of every good

Author: Thomas Cotterill
Tune: HOWARD (Cuthbert)
Published in 35 hymnals

Author: Thomas Cotterill

Thomas Cotterill was born in 1779; studied at S. John's College, Cambridge, graduating M.A.; ordained in 1806, and enterred upon parochial work at Tutbury; afterwards removed to Lane End, where he remained for nine years among the Potteries; in 1817, became perpetual Curate of S. Paul's, Sheffield. He died in 1823. He was the author of several books; among them, "A Selection of Psalms and Hymns for Public and Private Use, adapted to the Services of the Church of England." In the preparation of this collection (the 8th ed., 1819), he had the assistance of Montgomery, who in this work did what he condemned in others, viz., altering and remodeling other authors' hymns. --Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, M.A., 1872.… Go to person page >

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First Line: Thou boundless source of every good
Author: Thomas Cotterill


Thou boundless Source of every good. [Divine Guidance desired.] This hymn is a cento, and as such it appeared in T. Cotterill's Selection of Psalms & Hymns, first edition 1810, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines, and headed "For the right improvement of the dispensations of Providence." It was repeated in Cotterill's Selection, 1819 and 1820; Bickersteth's Christian Psalmody, 1833; and again in a great many modern hymn-books, including the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge Psalms & Hymns, &c. It is sometimes abbreviated to 4 stanzas. Of the original cento stanzas ii., iii., iv., vi. are from O. Heginbothom's "Father of mercies, God of love," which was No. 9 of his Hymns, &c, Sudbury, 1794, but in an altered form; and stanzas i. and v. are probably by T. Cotterill. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



Instances (1 - 35 of 35)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
A Church of England Hymn Book: adapted to the daily services of the Church throughout the year #433
A Collection of Hymns, for the use of the United Brethren in Christ: taken from the most approved authors, and adapted to public and private worship #936Page Scan
A Selection of Hymns #d284
A Selection of Hymns, adapted to the devotions of the closet, the family, and the social circle; and containing subjects appropriate to the monthly concerns of prayer for the success... #607Page Scan
A Selection of Hymns: designed as a supplement to the "psalms and hymns" of the Presbyterian church #51Page Scan
A Selection of Psalms and Hymns for ... Diocese of Nova Scotia. 3rd ed. #d325
A Selection of Psalms and Hymns for the Use of the Diocese of Nova Scotia. 3rd ed. #d329
Book of Hymns and Tunes, comprising the psalms and hymns for the worship of God, approved by the general assembly of 1866, arranged with appropriate tunes... by authority of the assembly of 1873 #171cPage Scan
Church Hymns: with tunes (New ed.) #572Page Scan
Church Melodies, a Collection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs #d1030
Church Psalmody: a Collection of Psalms and Hymns adapted to public worship #H338Page Scan
Church Psalmody: a Collection of Psalms and Hymns Adapted to Public Worship #338Page Scan
Hymns of the Advent #178Page Scan
Hymns of the Ages for Public and Social Worship #119Page Scan
Hymns of the Ages for Public and Social Worship, Approved and Recommended ... by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the U.S. 2nd ed. #d523
Hymns of the Morning: Designed for the use of God's People #178Page Scan
Manual of Christian Psalmody: a collection of psalms and hymns for public worship #338Page Scan
Melodies of the Church: a collection of psalms and hymns adapted to publick and social worship, seasons of revival, monthly concerts of prayer, and various similar occasions... #d986
Psalms and Hymns for the Worship of God #d801
Songs for Social and Public Worship #295Page Scan
Songs for Social and Public Worship. Rev. ed. #d426
Songs for the Lord's House #d468
The Advent Christian Hymnal #d884
The Baptist Psalmody: a selection of hymns for the worship of God #746Page Scan
The Bay State Collection of Church Music #d193
The Christian Lyre #d432
The Harp #605Page Scan
The Jubilee Harp: a choice selection of psalmody, ancient and modern, designed for use in public and social worship #164Page Scan
The New Jubilee Harp, or Christian hymns and songs. a new collection of hymns and tunes for public and social worship. #105 S
The Psalmist: a new collection of hymns for the use of Baptist churches; with a supplement #654Page Scan
The Psalmist: a New Collection of Hymns for the Use of the Baptist Churches #654Page Scan
The Sabbath School Lute: a selection of hymns and appropriate melodies, adapted to the wants of Sabbath schools, families and social meetings #108Page Scan
The Southern Psalmist #d835
The Southern Psalmist. New ed. #d879
Worship in the School Room: a manual of devotion intended especially for the school, also adapted to the family #363Page Scan
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