Scripture Verse

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights. James 1:17

Introduction

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John H. Tenney
1840–1918

Words: Frank­lin E. Bel­den, in The Bea­con Light (Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts: Ol­iv­er Dit­son, 1881), pag­es 116–17.

Mu­sic: John H. Ten­ney (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Franklin E. Belden
1858–1945
Courtesy of
Ellen G. White Estate

Lyrics

We offer praises, thankful praises,
To our God and king,
Who gives us all our many bounties,
Makes our hearts to sing;
His hand bestows us every blessing,
Every joy we know;
Of earthly good He is the author,
Praise Him all below.

Refrain

Thankful praises to our God and king,
Who gives us all our many bounties,
Makes our hearts to sing.

The fields that wave in golden ripeness,
In the autumn brown;
The fruits that in a thousand orchards,
Weigh the branches down;
Our land of liberty and union,
Blessings without end;
All these, and more than we can number,
Father, Thou dost send.

Refrain

With all, oh Lord, that Thou dost give us,
May we honor Thee;
And for the comforts that surround us,
Ever thankful be;
To Thee and Thee alone we offer
Grateful songs of praise,
And ask Thee to attend and bless us,
Thro’ the coming days.

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