285. What thanks and praise to thee we owe

1. What thanks and praise to thee we owe,
eternal God and Word divine,
for Luke, thy saint through whom we know
so many gracious words of thine.

2. O happy saint! his sacred page,
so rich in words of truth and love,
pours on the Church from age to age
the healing unction from above.

3. Historian of the Savior's life,
the great apostle's chosen friend,
through weary years of toil and strife
was still found faithful to the end.

4. So grant us, Lord, like him to live,
beloved on earth, approved by thee,
till thou at last the summons give,
and we, with him, thy face shall see.

Text Information
First Line: What thanks and praise to thee we owe
Author: William Dalrymple Maclagan, 1826-1910 (alt.)
Meter: LM
Language: English
Publication Date: 1985
Topic: Holy Days and Various Occasions: Saint Luke (October 18)
Tune Information
Harmonizer: Basil Harwood, 1859-1949
Meter: LM
Key: B♭ Major
Source: Antiphoner, 1753 (melody); ; The English Hymnal, 1906, alt. (adapted), harm. after Basil Harwood

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