Scripture Verse

In Thy presence is fullness of joy; at Thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.@Psalm 16:11

Introduction

Words: Th­omas W. Jex-Blake, 1855. This hymn was writ­ten at the re­quest of the se­cond Head Mas­ter of Marl­bo­rough College, Dr. George Cot­ton (1852–1858) (who was lat­er ea­ten by a cro­co­dile in the Gan­ges Ri­ver).

Music: Ab­bot’s Leigh Cy­ril V. Tay­lor, 1941 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Thomas W. Jex-Blake (1832–1915)

Lyrics

Lord, we thank Thee for the pleasure
That our happy lifetime gives,
For the boundless worth and treasure
Of a soul that ever lives;
Mind that looks before and after,
Lifting eyes to things above;
Human tears, and human laughter,
And the depths of human love.

For the thrill, the leap, the gladness
Of our pulses flowing free;
E’en for every touch of sadness
That may bring us nearer Thee;
But, above all other kindness,
Thine unutterable love,
Which, to heal our sin and blindness,
Sent Thy dear Son from above.

Teach us so our days to number
That we may be early wise;
Dreamy mist, or cloud, or slumber,
Never dull our heav’nward eyes.
Hearty be our work and willing,
As to Thee, and not to men;
For we know our soul’s fulfilling
Is in Heav’n, and not ’til then.