When at a distance, Lord, we trace

Representative Text

1 When at this distance, Lord, we trace
The various glories of thy face,
What transport pours o'er all our breast,
And charms our cares and woes to rest!

2 Yet still, O Lord, our waiting eyes
To nobler visions long to rise;
That grand assembly would be join,
Where all thy saints around thee shine.

3

Source: The Voice of Praise: a collection of hymns for the use of the Methodist Church #164

Author: Philip Doddridge

Philip Doddridge (b. London, England, 1702; d. Lisbon, Portugal, 1751) belonged to the Non-conformist Church (not associated with the Church of England). Its members were frequently the focus of discrimination. Offered an education by a rich patron to prepare him for ordination in the Church of England, Doddridge chose instead to remain in the Non-conformist Church. For twenty years he pastored a poor parish in Northampton, where he opened an academy for training Non-conformist ministers and taught most of the subjects himself. Doddridge suffered from tuberculosis, and when Lady Huntington, one of his patrons, offered to finance a trip to Lisbon for his health, he is reputed to have said, "I can as well go to heaven from Lisbon as from Nort… Go to person page >

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First Line: When at a distance, Lord, we trace
Author: Philip Doddridge

Notes

When at this distance, Lord, we trace. P. Doddridge. [Transfiguration.] This hymn is No. 90 in the D. MSS., but is undated. It was included, without alteration, in J. Orton's posthumous edition of Doddridge's Hymns, &c, 1755, No. 183, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines; and again, but with alterations, in J. D. Humphreys's edition of the same, 1839, No. 204. The original text is that in common use.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

Tune

MELCOMBE (Webbe)

Also known as: ST. PHILIPS BENEDICTION GRANTON NAZARETH MELCOMBE was first used as an anonymous chant tune (with figured bass) in the Roman Catholic Mass and was published in 1782 in An Essay on the Church Plain Chant. It was first ascribed to Samuel Webbe (the elder; b. London, England, 1740; d. Lo…

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