Scripture Verse

Deacons…must be men worthy of respect, not double-tongued, not addicted to wine, not greedy for dishonest gain. 1 Timothy 3:8

Introduction

Words: George B. Ide, The Bap­tist Harp (Phil­a­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia: Am­er­i­can Bap­tist Pub­li­ca­tion So­ci­e­ty, 1849), num­ber 494.

Music: Ma­no­ah, ar­ranged from Gioa­chi­no A. Ros­si­ni (1792–1868) in Col­lect­ion of Church Mu­sic, by Hen­ry W. Grea­tor­ex, 1851 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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

portrait
Giaochino A. Rossini
(1792–1868)

Lyrics

Vouchsafe, O Lord, Thy presence now,
Direct us in Thy fear;
Before Thy throne we humbly bow,
And offer fervent prayer.

Give us the men whom Thou shalt choose,
Thy house on earth to guide;
Those who shall ne’er their power abuse,
Or rule with haughty pride.

Inspired with wisdom from above,
And with discretion blest;
Displaying meekness, temperance, love,
Of every grace possessed.

These are the men we seek of Thee,
O God of righteousness;
Such may our deacons ever be,
With such Thy people blest.