Blest Be Thou

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1 Blest be thou, O God of Israel,
Thou, our Father and our Lord!
Blest thy majesty forever;
Ever be thy name adored!

2 Thine, O Lord, are power and greatness;
Glory, victory are thine own;
All is thine in earth and heaven;
Over all thy boundless throne.

3 Riches come of thee, and honor;
Power and might to thee belong—
Thine it is to make us prosper,
Only thine to make us strong.


Source: Children's Hymnal #12

Author: Henry Ustick Onderdonk

Henry Ustick Onderdonk, Bishop of Pennsylvania, was born in New York, March 16, 1789, and educated at Columbia College, B.A. 1805, M.A. 1808, D.D. 1827. Having decided to devote his life to medicine, he studied first in London and then in Edinburgh, receiving his M.D. from that university in 1810. Returning to New York, he began to study theology under Bishop Hobart and was ordained in 1815. He was rector of St. Ann's, Brooklyn, until 1827 when, following a famous controversy, he was elected bishop coadjutor of Pennsylvania, becoming diocesan in 1836 upon the death of Bishop White. He, with W.A. Muhlenberg, q.v., was influential on the committee appointed by General Convention to prepare the so-called Prayer Book Collection, 1826. The… Go to person page >

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First Line: Blest be Thou, O God of Israel
Title: Blest Be Thou
Author: Henry Ustick Onderdonk
Language: English
Notes: Spanish translation: See "Te Loamos, Dios Excelso"> by Clair E. Weston
Copyright: Public Domain



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