Afflictions Blessed

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1 How tender is thy hand,
O thou most gracious God!
Afflictions come at thy command,
And leave us at thy word.

2 How gentle is the rod
That chastens us for sin!
How soon we find a smiling God
Where deep distress has been!

3 A Father's hand we feel,
A Father's love we know;
'Mid tears of penitence we kneel,
And find his promise true.

4 We tell him all our grief,
We think of Jesus' love;
A sense of pardon brings relief,
And bids our pains remove.

5 Now will we bless the Lord,
And in his strength confide;
Forever be his name adored,
For there is none beside.

Source: The Seventh-Day Adventist Hymn and Tune Book: for use in divine worship #89

Author: Thomas Hastings

Hastings, Thomas, MUS. DOC., son of Dr. Seth Hastings, was born at Washington, Lichfield County, Connecticut, October 15, 1784. In 1786, his father moved to Clinton, Oneida Co., N. Y. There, amid rough frontier life, his opportunities for education were small; but at an early age he developed a taste for music, and began teaching it in 1806. Seeking a wider field, he went, in 1817, to Troy, then to Albany, and in 1823 to Utica, where he conducted a religious journal, in which he advocated his special views on church music. In 1832 he was called to New York to assume the charge of several Church Choirs, and there his last forty years were spent in great and increasing usefulness and repute. He died at New York, May 15, 1872. His aim was the… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: How tender is thy hand
Title: Afflictions Blessed
Author: Thomas Hastings
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


DENNIS (Nägeli)

Lowell Mason (PHH 96) arranged DENNIS and first published it in The Psaltery (1845), a hymnal he compiled with George. Webb (PHH 559). Mason attributed the tune to Johann G. Nageli (b. Wetzikon, near Zurich, Switzerland, 1773; d. Wetzikon, 1836) but included no source reference. Nageli presumably pu…

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WILSON (Robertshaw)

LANDIS (Lorenz)



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