Scripture Verse

A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead…a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him. Luke 10:30,33

Introduction

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Philip Doddridge
1702–1751

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 205: The good Sa­mar­i­tan.

Music: Eag­ley James Walch, 1860 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Walch (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

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The Good Samaritan
Hurlbut’s Story of the Bible, 1902

Lyrics

Father of mercies, send Thy grace
All pow­er­ful from above
To form in our obedient souls
The image of Thy love.

O may our sympathizing breasts
That generous pleasure know
Kindly to share in others’ joy,
And weep for others’ woe!

When the most helpless sons of grief
In low distress are laid,
Soft be our hearts their pains to feel,
And swift our hands to aid.

So Je­sus looked on dying men,
When throned above the skies,
And ’midst th’embraces of His God
He felt compassion rise.

On wings of love the Sav­ior flew
To raise us from the ground,
And made the richest of His blood
A balm for every wound.