1 ’Tis not as led by custom’s voice,
We make these ways our favoured choice,
And thus with zeal pursue;
No; Zion’s great and gracious Lord
Has, in the precepts of his word,
Enjoined us thus to do.
2 Thou everlasting, gracious King,
Assist us now thy grace to sing,
And still direct our way
To those bright realms of peace and rest,
Where all the exulting tribes are blessed
With one great choral day.
Either Samuel Norton who was appointed minister of Bampton, Devon, in 1792; John Norman who was assistant to Mr. Turner of Abingdon and who died in 1782 at Plymouth; or George Norton, of Sutton, Cambridgeshire.
Dianne Shapiro from Memoirs of the Principle Hymn-writers and Compilers of the 17th, 18th, and 19th Centuries, (3rd ed.) by John Gadsby (London, John Gadsby, 1861 Go to person page >