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Though lowly here our lot may be

Though lowly here our lot may be

Author: William Gaskell
Published in 24 hymnals

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1. Though lowly here our lot may be,
High work have we to do,
In faith and trust to follow Him
Whose lot was lowly, too.

2. Our lives, enriched with gentle thoughts
And loving deeds, may be
A stream that still the nobler grows,
The nearer to the sea.

3. To duty firm, to conscience true,
However tried and pressed,
In God’s clear sight high work we do,
If we but do our best.

4. Thus may we make the lowliest lot
With rays of glory bright;
Thus may we turn a crown of thorns
Into a crown of light.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #6665

Author: William Gaskell

Gaskell, William, M.A., son of Mr. William Gaskell, was born at Latchford (a suburb of Warrington, on the Cheshire side of the Mersey), 24 July, 1805. He was educated at Manchester New College and at the University of Glasgow, where he graduated M.A. in 1825. In 1828 he became co-pastor with the Rev. J. G. Robberds at Cross Street Unitarian Chapel, Manchester, a position he held until his death. Mr. Gaskell was a man of cultivated mind and considerable literary ability. His publications include Lectures on the Lancashire Dialect, 1853, a small volume of Temperance Rhymes, 1839, and various theological works. In 1832 he married Elizabeth Cleghorn Stevenson, who afterwards attained celebrity as the authoress of Mary Barton, and of other popul… Go to person page >

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First Line: Though lowly here our lot may be
Author: William Gaskell


Though lowly here our lot may be. William Gaskell. [Work for God.] This is sometimes dated 1857, but Miss Gaskell (under date Sept. 21, 1906), while certain of her father's authorship, and thankfully recording that "many people have felt helped by it," is unable to say where or when it was first printed. It is in Miss E. Courtauld's Psalms, Hymns and Anthems, 1860, No. 422, and recently in the Congregational Church Hymnal, 1887, Public School Hymn Book, 1903, Worship Song , 1905, and others. [Rev. James Mearns, M.A.]

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)



ST. AGNES (Dykes)

John B. Dykes (PHH 147) composed ST. AGNES for [Jesus the Very Thought of Thee]. Dykes named the tune after a young Roman Christian woman who was martyred in A.D. 304 during the reign of Diocletian. St. Agnes was sentenced to death for refusing to marry a nobleman to whom she said, "I am already eng…

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RAPHAEL (Oratory)



The Cyber Hymnal #6665
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