And now the wants are told that brought

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1 And now the wants are told, that brought
thy children to thy knee;
here lingering still, we ask for naught,
but simply worship thee.

2 The hope of heaven’s eternal days
absorbs not all the heart
that gives thee glory, love, and praise,
for being what thou art.

3 For thou art God, the One, the Same,
o’er all things high and bright;
and round us, when we speak thy name,
there spreads a heaven of light.

4 O wondrous peace, in thought to dwell
on excellence Divine;
to know that nought in man can tell
how fair thy beauties shine!

5 O thou, above all blessing blest,
o’er thanks exalted far,
thy very greatness is a rest
to weaklings as we are;

6 For when we feel the praise of thee
a task beyond our powers,
we say, 'a perfect God is he,
and he is fully ours.'

7 All glory to the Father be,
all glory to the Son,
all glory, Holy Ghost, to thee,
while endless ages run.

Source: CPWI Hymnal #8

Author: William Bright

Bright, William, D.D., born at Doncaster, Dec. 14, 1824, and educated at University College, Oxford, where he graduated B.A. (first class in Lit. Hum.) in 1846, M.A. in 1849. In 1847 he was Johnson's Theological Scholar: and in 1848 he also obtained the Ellerton Theological Essay prize. He was elected Fellow in 1847, and subsequently became Tutor of his College. Taking Holy Orders in 1848, he was for some time Tutor at Trinity College, Glenalmond; but in 1859 he returned to Oxford, and in 1868 became Regius Professor of Ecclesiastical History and Canon of Christ Church. His publications include:— (1) Ancient Collects, selected from various Rituals, 1857, 2nd ed., 1862; (2) History of the Church from the Edict of Milan to the Council of… Go to person page >

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First Line: And now the wants are told that brought
Author: William Bright (1865)
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


And now the wants are told that brought. W. Bright. [Close of Service.] Written in 1865, and first published in his Hymns and other Poems, 1866, entitled "Hymn for the close of a Service," p. 36. In 1868 it was republished in the Appendix to Hymns Ancient & Modern, with the addition of a doxology.

-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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