I will extol Thee, my God, O King; and I will bless Thy name for ever and ever. Psalm 145:1
Words: Philip Doddridge (1702–1751). Published posthumously in Hymns Founded on Various Texts in the Holy Scriptures, by Job Orton (Shropshire, England: Joshua Eddowes & John Cotton, 1755), number 19:
Ebenezer, or God’s helping hand reviewed and acknowledged.
Music: Louvan Virgil C. Taylor, Choral Anthems (Boston, Massachusetts: 1850) (🔊 pdf nwc).
If you know where to get a good photo of Taylor (head-and-shoulders, at least 200×300 pixels), would you ?
My helper, God! I bless His name,
The same His power, His grace the same,
The tokens of His friendly care
Open, and crown, and close the year.
I ’midst ten thousand dangers stand,
Supported by His guardian hand;
And see, when I survey my ways,
Ten thousand monuments of praise.
Thus far His arm has led me on;
Thus far I make His mercy known;
And, while I tread this desert land,
New mercies shall new songs demand.
My grateful soul, on Jordan’s shore,
Shall raise one sacred pillar more,
Then bear, in His bright courts above,
Inscriptions of immortal love.