…songs of praise and thanksgiving.@Nehemiah 12:46

Will­iam H. Bald­win, in Chapel Gems for Sunday School, edited by George F. Root, Ben­ja­min R. Han­by, Fred­er­ic W. Root & James R. Mur­ray (Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois: Root & Ca­dy, 1866), number 138.

Cheng­du James R. Mur­ray (🔊 pdf nwc).

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James R. Murray (1841–1905)

To Thee, O God, we offer
Our joyful songs of praise;
To Thee, the bounteous Giver,
And Guardian of our days;
Again we meet to thank Thee,
To raise our evening prayer;
Our hearts are filled with gladness,
For Thy most tender care.

Guard Thou the young, we pray Thee,
From sin and error’s ways;
Show them the path of duty,
And guide through future days;
May youth and age so serve Thee,
Thou God of watchful love;
That they, when life is ended,
May dwell with Thee above.