Scripture Verse

Thou hast delivered my soul from death, mine eyes from tears, and my feet from falling. I will walk before the Lord in the land of the living. Psalm 116:8–9


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 59: De­liv­er­ance ce­le­brat­ed, and good re­so­lu­tions formed.

Music: Fe­de­ral Street Hen­ry K. Ol­iv­er, 1832 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tunes:

Henry K. Oliver (1800–1885)


Great source of life, our souls con­fess
The va­ri­ous rich­es of Thy grace;
Crowned with Thy mer­cy we re­joice,
And in Thy praise ex­alt our voice.

By Thee Heav’n’s shin­ing arch was spread;
By Thee were earth’s foun­da­tions laid,
And all the charms of men’s abode
Proclaim the wise, the gra­cious God.

Thy ten­der hand re­stores our breath,
When trem­bling on the verge of death;
Gently it wipes away our tears,
And length­ens life to fu­ture years.

These lives are sac­red to the Lord;
Kindled by Him, by Him re­stored;
And while our hours re­new their race,
Still would we walk be­fore His face.

So when by Him our souls are led
Thro’ un­known re­gions of the dead,
With joy tri­um­phant shall they move
To seats of nob­ler life above.