Maker and Husband

Though mothers kind, forgetful prove

Author: James Relly
Published in 2 hymnals

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1 Tho' mothers kind, forgetful prove,
Of sucklings noursh'd at the breast,
Or yearning bowels cease to move
To infants when with pain oppress'd?

2 Yet I will ne'er forget my bride,
Says Jesus, God of love and truth,
Taken, when sleeping from my side,
Then, born to bear, eternal youth.

3 I'll not forget my word, my oath,
I'll not forget my wounds, my blood;
My friendship makes but one of both,
And I am still thy Saviour God.

4 Wrote on my hands thy much lov'd name,
My Zion, glorious is thy state!
I see thee always without blame,
And his own body none can hate.

5 Thy walls before me alwasy are;
Bounds to thy dwelling I have set;
My Zion's my peculiar care,
My Zion I will ne'er forget.

6 O happy Zion see and prove,
How groundless all thy sorrows are;
Live in thy husband's nature, love,
And that shall cast out all thy fear.

Source: Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs: selected and original, designed for the use of the Church Universal in public and private devotion #LXII

Author: James Relly

James Relly was born about 1722 at Jeffreston, Pembrokeshire, Wales, and died in 1778. He was converted to Christianity during the Great Awakening ushered in by George Whitefield. He worked under George Whitefield as a Calvinistic Methodist preacher and missionary. However, Whitefield and Relly separated ways over Relly's seemingly universalist teaching that all humanity was elect (i.e. saved) when Christ took the punishment for all sin when he died. He also departed from both the Calvinists and Methodists by taking the doctrine of Justification further, in teaching that believers no longer sin and the Law's sole purpose is to condemn humanity and point them to Christ. He was the mentor of John Murray, the founder of the Universalist Ch… Go to person page >

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First Line: Though mothers kind, forgetful prove
Title: Maker and Husband
Author: James Relly
Meter: 8.8.8.8
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

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