Scripture Verse

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life. Psalm 23:6

Introduction

Words: Han­nah J. Lew­is, in A Li­tur­gy, with a Col­lect­ion of Hymns and Chants (Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts: Ab­el Tomp­kins, 1860), num­ber 7.

Music: El­im (Great­or­ex) Hen­ry W. Great­or­ex, 1849 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Great­or­ex (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

portrait
Hannah J. Lewis
(1816–1885)

Lyrics

Thanks, Father, that again our feet
These sacred courts may press;
Oh, let Thy Spirit with us meet,
And all our efforts bless.

How feeble, Lord, the noblest song
Our youthful hearts can raise!
Be Thou the theme, and sweet and strong
Shall swell our hymn of praise.

Thy hand, through all our days and years
Has been our shield and guide;
Through light and shade, through smiles and tears,
What could we need beside?

And to Thy love, Thy sacred care,
The future hours we give,
All hallowed by the breath of prayer,
Since by that breath we live.

O blessèd Savior! in Thy name
Let prayer and praise be giv’n,
And safely, from this mortal frame,
Conduct our souls to Heav’n!