Scripture Verse

He was a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost and of faith: and many people were added unto the Lord. Acts 11:24

Introduction

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Henry Alford
1810–1871
National Portrait Gallery

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Words: Hen­ry Al­ford, 1844. Ap­peared in his Po­et­ic­al Works, 1868.

Music: Vi­en­na Jus­tin H. Knecht, 1797 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Justin H. Knecht
1752–1817

Lyrics

Brightly did the light di­vine
From his words and ac­tions shine
From the Twelve, with love un­blamed,
Son of con­so­la­tion, named.

Full of peace and live­ly joy
Sped he on his high em­ploy,
By his mild ex­hort­ing word
Adding ma­ny to the Lord.

Blessèd Spi­rit, who didst call
Barnabas and ho­ly Paul,
And didst them with gifts en­due,
Mighty words and wis­dom true,

Grant us, Lord of life, to be
By their pat­tern full of Thee;
That be­side them we may stand
In that day on Christ’s right hand.