Thou boundless source of every good

Thou boundless source of every good

Author: Thomas Cotterill
Tune: HOWARD (Cuthbert)
Published in 37 hymnals

Author: Thomas Cotterill

Thomas Cotterill (b. Cannock, Staffordshire, England, 1779; d. Sheffield, Yorkshire, England, 1823) studied at St. John's College, Cambridge, England, and became an Anglican clergyman. A central figure in the dispute about the propriety of singing hymns, Cotterill published a popular collection of hymns (including many of his own as well as alterations of other hymns), Selection of Psalms and Hymns in 1810. But when he tried to introduce a later edition of this book in Sheffield in 1819, his congregation protested. Many believed strongly that the Church of England should maintain its tradition of exclusive psalm singing. In a church court the Archbishop of York and Cotterill reached a compromise: the later edition of Selection was withdrawn… Go to person page >

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

Notes

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)

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Instances (1 - 37 of 37)

A Church of England Hymn Book #433

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A Collection of Hymns, for the use of the United Brethren in Christ #936

A Selection of Hymns #d284

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A Selection of Hymns #51

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

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Church Hymns #572

Church Melodies, a Collection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs #d1030

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Church Psalmody #H338

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Church Psalmody #338

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Hymns of the "Jubilee Harp" #a164

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Hymns of the Advent #178

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Hymns of the Ages for Public and Social Worship #119

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Hymns of the Morning #178

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Manual of Christian Psalmody #338

Melodies of the Church #d986

Psalms and Hymns for the Worship of God #d801

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Songs for Social and Public Worship #295

Songs for Social and Public Worship. Rev. ed. #d426

Songs for the Lord's House #d468

The Advent Christian Hymnal #d884

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The Baptist Psalmody #746

The Bay State Collection of Church Music #d193

The Christian Lyre #d432

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The Harp #605

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The Harp. 2nd ed. #a605

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The Jubilee Harp #164

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The Psalmist #654

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The Psalmist #654

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The Sabbath School Lute #108

The Southern Psalmist #d835

The Southern Psalmist. New ed. #d879

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Worship in the School Room #363

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