Scripture Verse

Thou hast kept the good wine until now. John 2:10

Introduction

Words: John H. An­ke­tell, Gos­pel and Epis­tle Hymns for the Chris­tian Year (New York: Church Re­cord Com­pa­ny, 1889), num­ber 11.

Music: St. Ed­ith Jus­tin H. Knecht, 1799, & Ed­ward Hus­band, 1871 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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

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Justin H. Knecht
(1752–1817)

Lyrics

O Christ, Thy constant blessing
Shall hallow all our days;
Through Thee true joy possessing,
We sing our hymns of praise;
Come, light and glory shedding,
And change by power divine
The water of earth’s wedding
To Heaven’s eternal wine.

Thou dost not grudge brief pleasure
To creatures of the dust,
If well we guard the treasure
Committed to our trust;
If with Thy moderation
We use the gifts of earth,
As heirs of Thy salvation
And sons of heavenly birth.

When clouds of darkness gather,
And earthly joys are dumb,
We look to Thee, O Father;
Thine hour is not yet come!
Oh, haste Thy blest appearing,
Epiphany divine!
Our hearts for ever cheering
With pure, celestial wine!