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What a Privilege to Carry

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1 What a privilege to carry
everything to God in prayer!

2 Are we weak and heavy laden?
Take it to the Lord in prayer.

3 Have we trials and temptations?
Take it to the Lord in prayer.

4 Do your friends despise, forsake you?
Take it to the Lord in prayer.

5 Precious Savior, still our refuge!
Take it to the Lord in prayer.

Source: Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #408

Author: Joseph M. Scriven

Joseph M. Scriven (b. Seapatrick, County Down, Ireland, 1819; d. Bewdley, Rice Lake, ON, Canada, 1886), an Irish immigrant to Canada, wrote this text near Port Hope, Ontario, in 1855. Because his life was filled with grief and trials, Scriven often needed the solace of the Lord as described in his famous hymn. Educated at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, he enrolled in a military college to prepare for an army career. However, poor health forced him to give up that ambition. Soon after came a second blow—his fiancée died in a drowning accident on the eve of their wedding in 1844. Later that year he moved to Ontario, where he taught school in Woodstock and Brantford. His plans for marriage were dashed again when his new bride-to-be di… Go to person page >

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First Line: What a privilege to carry
Title: What a Privilege to Carry
Author: Joseph M. Scriven (1855)
Notes: Responsive refrain to responsive reading of Psalm 41. For the complete hymn see 898.

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