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Thrice happy souls, who, born from heaven

Thrice happy souls, who, born from heaven

Author: Philip Doddridge
Published in 105 hymnals

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1 THRICE happy souls, who, born of heaven,
While yet they sojourn here
Humbly begin their days with God,
And spend them in His fear.

2 Midst hourly cares may love present
Its incense to Thy throne:
And while the world our hands employs
Our hearts be Thine alone!

3 When to laborious duties called,
Or by temptation tried,
We'll seek the shelter of Thy wings,
And in Thy strength confide.

4 As different scenes of life arise,
Our grateful hearts would be
With Thee amid the social band,
In solitude with Thee.

5 At night we lean our weary heads
On Thy paternal breast,
And safely folded in Thine arms,
Resign our powers to rest.

6 In solid pure delights, like these,
Let all my days be passed;
Nor shall I then impatient wish,
Nor shall I fear the last.

Source: Evangelical Lutheran Hymn-book #439

Author: Philip Doddridge

Doddridge, Philip, D.D., was born in London, June 26, 1702. His grandfather was one of the ministers under the Commonwealth, who were ejected in 1662. His father was a London oilman. He was offered by the Duchess of Bedford an University training for ordination in the Church of England, but declined it. He entered Mr. Jennings's non-conformist seminary at Kibworth instead; preached his first sermon at Hinckley, to which Mr. Jennings had removed his academy. In 1723 he was chosen pastor at Kibworth. In 1725 he changed his residence to Market Harborough, still ministering at Kibworth. The settled work of his life as a preceptor and divine began in 1729, with his appointment to the Castle Hill Meeting at Northampton, and continued till in the… Go to person page >

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First Line: Thrice happy souls, who, born from heaven
Author: Philip Doddridge


Thrice happy souls, who born from heaven. P. Doddridge. [Walking with God.] This is No. 37 in the Doddridge manuscript in 8 stanzas of 4 lines, headed, "Of spending the day with God," from Prov. xxiii. 17, and dated "March 27, 1737." In J. Orton's posthumous edition of Doddridge's Hymns, &c, 1755, No. 79, it was given with several changes in the text, and with the heading altered to "Walking with God; or, being in His fear all the day long." Proverbs xxiii. 17; and again in J. D. Humphreys's edition of the same, 1839, No. 93. This text again differs from both the above. That however in common use is from Orton. In the Baptist Psalms & Hymns, 1858, No. 445, stanzas v., vi., iv. and iii., are given as, "Lord, we must labour, we must care." Both this and the text as in Orton are in several collections. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)




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The Cyber Hymnal #6704
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