Present Joys

318 Present Joys

Tune: A. M. Cagle, 1908

Words: Joseph Cottle

Meter: Long Meter (8,8,8,8)

We thank the Lord of heav’n and earth,
Who hath preserved us from our birth.

For present joys, for blessings past,
And for the hope of heav’n at last.

How shall we half our task fulfill?
We thank Thee for Thy mind and will.

Redeemed us oft from death and dread,
And with Thy gifts our table spread,

The Sacred Harp, 1991 Edition


One comment

  1. irishanglican ~ Fr. Robert · July 20, 2013

    I love old Hymnology myself! I have many favorites, perhaps Isaac Watts ,first, but Charles Wesley always too! Perhaps Charles hymn: ‘Wrestling Jacob’ is the greatest lyrical drama ever penned…”Come, O Thou Traveler unknown, Whom still I hold, but cannot see.” (1742) The scriptural narrative on which the hymn is based is seen in Genesis 32: 24-31, and must be known in order that the hymn may be understood and appreciated. Sadly today, it is little read or known, 13 stanza’s…

    # 10, “I know Thee Saviour, who Thou art.
    Jesus, the feeble sinner’s Friend:
    Nor wilt Thou with the night depart,
    But stay and love me to the end:
    Thy mercies never shall remove;
    Thy nature and Thy name is Love.”

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