Scripture Verse

Inasmuch as you have done it unto one of the least of these My brethren, you have done it unto Me. Matthew 25:40

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 188: Re­liev­ing Christ in His poor saints.

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

Alternate Tune:

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

Lyrics

Jesus, my Lord, how rich Thy grace!
Thy bounties how complete!
How shall I count the matchless sum?
How pay the mighty debt?

High on a throne of radiant light
Dost Thou exalted shine;
What can my poverty bestow,
When all the worlds are Thine?

But Thou hast brethren here below,
The partners of Thy grace,
And wilt confess their humble names
Before Thy Father’s face.

In them Thou mayst be clothed and fed,
And visited and cheered,
And in their accents of distress
My Savior’s voice is heard.

Thy face, with reverence and with love,
I in Thy poor would see;
O rather let me beg my bread,
Than hold it back from Thee.