When God, neglected or denied

When God, neglected or denied

Author: T. H. Stockton
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1 When God--neglected or denied--
From ancient tribes withdrew his grace,
How soon the erring myriads strove
With phantom forms to fill his place!

2 On every hill, by every stream,
All homes within, all waysides near,
The hallowed idols senseless stood--
The helpless suppliants bowed with fear.

3 With gods for every foot of land,
And every pause of passing time,
In life no soothing peace they found,
In death no heavenly hope sublime.

4 O Thou, the true and living God!
Maker of all above--below,
Eternal--self-existent One!
How blest are we thy name to know!

5 One God--enlightened faith adores;
One God--harmonious nature cries;
One God--our common Sire and Lord,
The brotherhood of mind replies.

6 To thee--Supreme!--to thee alone,
Be hymns of highest glory sung;
The source of joy to every hear,
The theme of praise to every tongue.

Source: The Voice of Praise: a collection of hymns for the use of the Methodist Church #31

Author: T. H. Stockton

Stockton, Thomas Hewlings, D.D. (Mount Holly, New Jersey, June 4, 1808--October 9, 1868, Philadelphia). The son of William S., founder and editor of The Wesleyan Repository, 1821, and Elizabeth S. (Hewlings) Stockton. Largely educated in private schools, after studying medicine for a time and spending some five years following literary pursuits, he was admitted to the Maryland Annual Conference of the Methodist Protestant Church. A voluminous writer, he became one of the most eloquent preachers of the nineteenth century in America. When but twenty-five years of age he was elected chaplain of the House of Representatives, Congress of the United States, serving in that capacity the sessions of 1835-1836, 1859-1860, 1861-1862, and in 1862 was… Go to person page >

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Author: T. H. Stockton