What grace, O Lord, and beauty shone

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1 What grace, O Lord, and beauty shone
around Your steps below!
What patient love was seen in all
Your life and death of woe!

2 For ever on Your burdened heart
a weight of sorrow hung,
yet no ungentle, murmuring word
escaped Your silent tongue.

3 Your foes might hate, despise, revile,
Your friends unfaithful prove;
unwearied in forgiveness still,
Your heart could only love.

4 O give us hearts to love like You,
like You, O Lord, to grieve
far more for others’ sins than all
the wrongs that we receive.

5 One with Yourself, may every eye
in all of humankind
behold that grace and gentleness
which, Lord, in You we find.

Source: The Irish Presbyterian Hymbook #528

Author: Edward Denny

Denny, Sir Edward, Bart . Sir Edward Denny, son of Sir E. Denny, 4th baronet, of Tralee Castle, County of Kerry, was born 2 Oct., 1796, and succeeded his father in August, 1831. He is a member of the Plymouth Brethren, and has contributed largely to their hymnody. His first publication, in which many of his hymns appeared, was A Selection of Hymns, Lond. Central Tract Depot, 1839. This was followed by Hymns & Poems , Lond., 1848 (third ed., 1870). He has also published several prose works. Many of his hymns are popular, and are in extensive use as:—" A pilgrim through this lonely world"; "Bride of the Lamb, rejoice, rejoice"; “Bright with all His crowns of glory"; “Light of the lonely pilgrim's heart”; "Sweet feast of love d… Go to person page >

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What grace, O Lord, and beauty shone. Sir E. Denny. [The love of Jesus.] Appeared in his Selection of Hymns, 1839, No. 32. in 5 stanzas of 4 lines; and again in his Hymns and Poems, 1848, p. 71, and later editions. It has passed into most of the hymn-books of the Plymouth Brethren, and also into several other collections.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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