Scripture Verse

I am cast out of Thy sight; yet I will look again toward Thy holy temple. Jonah 2:4


Philip Doddridge

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 157: Jo­nah’s faith re­com­mend­ed.

Music: Mar­tyr­dom Hugh Wil­son, 1800. Ar­ranged by Ralph E. Hud­son, cir­ca 1885 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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


Lord, we have broke Thy holy laws,
And slighted all Thy grace;
And justly Thy vindictive wrath
Might cast us from Thy face.

Yet while such precedents appear
Marked in Thy sacred Book,
We from these depths of guilt and fear
Will to Thy temple look.

To Thee, in our Re­deem­er’s name,
We raise our humble cries;
May these our prayers, perfumed by Him,
Like grateful incense rise.

O ne­ver may our hopeless eyes
An absent God deplore,
Where the dear temples of Thy love
Shall stand revealed no more.

Far from those regions of despair
Appoint our souls a place;
Where not a frown thro’ endless years
Shall veil Thy lovely face.