Thou Maker of our mortal frame

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1 Thou Maker of our mortal frame--
Of all thy works the noblest far,
We bow before thy righteous claim
To all we have, and all we are.

2 Our tongues were fashioned for thy word,
Our hands to do thy will divine;
Our bodies are thy temple, Lord,
The mind's immortal powers are thine.

3 Its highest thought--to trace thy skill,
Its purest love, on thee to rest,
Its noblest action of the will,
To choose thy service, and be blest.

4 Our ransomed spirits rise to thee--
Unfailing source of light and joy!
Thy love has made thy children free,
Thy praise shall life and strength employ.

5 Give grace and mercy to the end--
For we are thine and not our own:
So shall we to thy courts ascend,
And cast our crowns before thy throne.

Source: The Voice of Praise: a collection of hymns for the use of the Methodist Church #375

Author: Aaron R. Wolfe

Wolfe, Aaron Robarts, was born at Mendham, New Jersey, Sep. 6, 1821, and educated at Williams College, 1844; and the Union Theological Seminary, New York, 1851. On April 9, 1851, he was licensed by the Third Presbytery of New York. For some lime he had charge of a school for young ladies at Tallahassee, Florida; and in 1859 he established "The Hillside Seminary for Young Ladies" at Montclair, New Jersey. In 1858 he contributed 7 hymns under the signature "A. R. W." to Hastings's Church Melodies. These are:— 1. A Parting hymn we sing. Close of Holy Communion. 2. Complete in Thee, no work of mine. Complete in Christ. Published in the N. Y. Evangelist, 1850 or 51. 3. Draw near, O Holy Dove, draw near. Holy Communion. 4. How… Go to person page >

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First Line: Thou Maker of our mortal frame
Author: Aaron R. Wolfe (1858)
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


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The original version of WINCHESTER NEW appeared in Musikalisches Handbuch der geistlichen Melodien, published in Hamburg, Germany, in 1690 by Georg Wittwe. It was set to the text “Wer nur den lieben Gott” (see 446). An expanded version of the tune was a setting for "Dir, dir Jehova" (see 203) in…

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