When, Lord, to this our western land

When, Lord, to this our western land

Author: Henry Ustick Onderdonk
Tune: MISSION (Gilbert)
Published in 45 hymnals

Representative Text

1 When, Lord, to this our western land,
Led by Thy providential hand,
Our wandering fathers came,
Their ancient homes, their friends in youth,
Sent forth the heralds of Thy truth,
To keep them in Thy Name.

2 Then, through our solitary coast,
The desert features soon were lost;
Thy temples there arose;
Our shores, as culture made them fair,
Were hallowed by Thy rites, by prayer,
And blossomed as the rose.

3 And O may we repay this debt
to regions solitary yet
Within our spreading land:
There, brethren, from our common home,
Still westward like our fathers, roam;
Still guided by Thy hand.

4 Saviour, we own this debt of live:
O shed Thy Spirit from above,
To move each Christian breast;
Till heralds shall Thy truth proclaim,
And temples rise to fix Thy Name,
Through all our desert west.

Hymnal: according to the use of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America, 1871

Author: Henry Ustick Onderdonk

Henry Ustick Onderdonk, Bishop of Pennsylvania, was born in New York, March 16, 1789, and educated at Columbia College, B.A. 1805, M.A. 1808, D.D. 1827. Having decided to devote his life to medicine, he studied first in London and then in Edinburgh, receiving his M.D. from that university in 1810. Returning to New York, he began to study theology under Bishop Hobart and was ordained in 1815. He was rector of St. Ann's, Brooklyn, until 1827 when, following a famous controversy, he was elected bishop coadjutor of Pennsylvania, becoming diocesan in 1836 upon the death of Bishop White. He, with W.A. Muhlenberg, q.v., was influential on the committee appointed by General Convention to prepare the so-called Prayer Book Collection, 1826. The… Go to person page >

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First Line: When, Lord, to this our western land
Author: Henry Ustick Onderdonk
Meter: 8s. 6s.
Language: English

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Instances (1 - 45 of 45)
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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for the Sanctuary #652

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns, for Social and Private Worship (Rev. ed. with supplement) #647

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Christian Hymns for Public and Private Worship: a collection compiled by a committee of the Cheshire Pastoral Association (11th ed.) #786

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Christian Praise: hymns and tunes for public worship #216

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Christian Praise: hymns and tunes for the use of the Baptist churches #216

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Hymnal and Canticles of the Protestant Episcopal Church with Music (Gilbert & Goodrich) #293

Hymnal of the Reformed Episcopal Church #d138

Hymnal of the Reformed Episcopal Church, adopted in General Council, Chicago, May 1879 #d341

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Hymnal: according to the use of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America #293

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Hymnal: according to the use of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America : Revised edition (1874) #293

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Hymns for Christian Devotion: especially adapted to the Universalist denomination #736

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Hymns for Christian Devotion: especially adapted to the Universalist denomination. (New ed.) #736

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Hymns of the Protestant Episcopal Church of the United States, as authorized by the General Convention: with an additional selection #105

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Hymns Recommended for use in the Reformed Episcopal Church #153

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Hymns: selected and original, for public and private worship (30th ed.) #867

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Hymns: selected and original, for public and private worship (60th ed., 1st rev. ed.) #894

Missionary Hymns #d82

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Psalms and Hymns, for the Use of the German Reformed Church, in the United States of America. (2nd ed.) #326

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Songs for Social and Public Worship #680

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The Baptist Praise Book #1195

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The Church Hymnal with Canticles #293

The Churchman's Hymn-Book, a Collection of Hymns Old and New, for Use in the Services of the Church #d421

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The Congregational Hymn Book: for the service of the sanctuary #868

The Hymnal of the Reformed Church in the United States #d711

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The Hymnal: with tunes old and new #293

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The Presbyterian Hymnal #647

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The Presbyterian Hymnal #647

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The Sunday School Hymnal: with offices of devotion #363

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The Sunday School Hymnal: with offices of devotion #363

Union Prayer Meeting Hymns #d238

Union Prayer Meeting Hymns #d242

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