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Where ancient forests widely spread

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Where ancient forests widely spread,
Where bends the cataract’s ocean-fall;
On the lone mountain’s silent head,
There are Thy temples, God of all!

The tombs Thine altars are; for there,
When earthly loves and hopes have fled,
To Thee ascends the spirit’s prayer,
Thou God of the immortal dead!

All space is holy, for all space
Is filled by Thee;—but human thought
Burns clearer in some chosen place,
Where Thine own words of love are taught.

Here be they taught; and may we know
That faith Thy servants knew of old,
Which onward bears, through weal or woe,
Till death the gates of heaven unfold.

Nor we alone; may those whose brow
Shows yet no trace of human cares
Hereafter stand where we do now,
And raise to Thee still holier prayers.

Source: A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion (15th ed.) #382

Author: Andrews Norton

Norton, Andrews, D.D., son of Samuel Norton, was born at Higham, Massachusetts, Dec. 31, 1786, and was educated at Higham, and at Harvard College. After being engaged there for a short time as a tutor, he was appointed Librarian, and subsequently Lecturer on Biblical Criticism, as successor to Dr. Channing. When the Theological School was opened in 1819 he became Dexter Professor of Literature. This position he held until 1830. He died at Newport, Rhode Island, Sept. 18, 1853. He was for some time editor of the General Repository and Review, and published several prose works, one of the most extensive being The Genuineness of the Gospels, in 4 volumes. His hymns are few in number, and are mainly meditations in verse. They were contributed t… Go to person page >

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First Line: Where ancient forests widely spread
Author: Andrews Norton
Copyright: Public Domain


WAINWRIGHT (R. Wainwright)


Derived from the fourth piano piece in Robert A. Schumann's Nachtstücke, Opus 23 (1839), CANONBURY first appeared as a hymn tune in J. Ireland Tucker's Hymnal with Tunes, Old and New (1872). The tune, whose title refers to a street and square in Islington, London, England, is often matched to Haver…

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A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion (15th ed.) #382

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