While on the verge of life I stand

While on the verge of life I stand

Author: Philip Doddridge
Published in 79 hymnals

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1 While on the verge of life I stand,
And view the scene on either hand,
My spirit struggles with my clay,
And longs to wing its flight away.

2 Where Jesus dwells my soul would be,
And faints my much-loved Lord to see:
Earth, twine no more about my heart!
For 'tis far better to depart

3 Come, ye angelic convoys! come,
And lead the willing pilgrim home;
Ye know the way to Jesus' throne,--
Source of my joys, and of your own.

4 The blissful interview, how sweet!
To fall transported at His feet!
Raised in His arms to see His face
Through the full beamings of His grace!

5 As with a seraph's voice to sing!
To fly as on a cherub's wings!
Performing, with unwearied hands,
The present Saviour's high commands.

6 Yet, with these prospects full in sight,
We'll wait Thy signal for the flight;
For, while Thy service we pursue,
We find a heaven in all we do.

Source: The Book of Worship #372

Author: Philip Doddridge

Doddridge, Philip, D.D., was born in London, June 26, 1702. His grandfather was one of the ministers under the Commonwealth, who were ejected in 1662. His father was a London oilman. He was offered by the Duchess of Bedford an University training for ordination in the Church of England, but declined it. He entered Mr. Jennings's non-conformist seminary at Kibworth instead; preached his first sermon at Hinckley, to which Mr. Jennings had removed his academy. In 1723 he was chosen pastor at Kibworth. In 1725 he changed his residence to Market Harborough, still ministering at Kibworth. The settled work of his life as a preceptor and divine began in 1729, with his appointment to the Castle Hill Meeting at Northampton, and continued till in the… Go to person page >

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First Line: While on the verge of life I stand
Author: Philip Doddridge
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



LEYDEN (Costellow)

According to the Hymn Tune Index, LEYDEN was first published as HYMN 3 in Thomas Costellow's Sunday’s Amusement, a selection of sacred music, as sung at Bedford Chapel (London: E. Riley, ca. 1801).

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