God of My salvation

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1 O thou God of my salvation,
My redeemer from all sin,
Moved by thy divine compassion,
Who hast died my heart to win,
I will praise the e;
Where shall I thy praise begin?

2 Though unseen, I love the Saviour;
He hath brought salvation near,
Manifests his pardoning favour
And within me doth appear;
Soul and body
Then his glorious image bear.

3 While the angel choirs are crying:
Glory to the great I AM!
I with them will still be vying,
Glory, glory to the Lamb!
O how precious
Is the sound of Jesus’ name!

4 Angels now are hovering round us
Unperceived amid the throng,
Wondering at the love that found us,
Glad to join our holy song;
Love and praise to Christ belong.

Source: The Song Book of the Salvation Army #370

Author: Thomas Olivers

Thomas Olivers was born in Tregonan, Montgomeryshire, in 1725. His youth was one of profligacy, but under the ministry of Whitefield, he was led to a change of life. He was for a time apprenticed to a shoemaker, and followed his trade in several places. In 1763, John Wesley engaged him as an assistant; and for twenty-five years he performed the duties of an itinerant ministry. During the latter portion of his life he was dependent on a pension granted him by the Wesleyan Conference. He died in 1799. --Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, M.A., 1872.… Go to person page >

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First Line: O Thou God of my salvation
Title: God of My salvation
Author: Thomas Olivers
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


O Thou God of my salvation. T. Olivers. [Praise to the Saviour.] This hymn we attribute to T. Olivers on the following evidence.
1. It appeared at the end of A Short Account of the Death of Mary Langson of Taxall, in Cheshire, who died January the 20th, 1769. Printed in the Year MDCCLXXI.
2. We find it next in the Wesley Pocket Hymn Book, York, 1774 (5th ed., 1786, No. 171, in 5 stanzas of 6 lines). Through this Pocket Hymn Book it passed into American Use, where, abbreviated and re-arranged, it is still somewhat popular.
3. T. Olivers was the Superintendent of the Methodist Circuit in which Taxall was included, in 1769-71, and is usually regarded as the author of the Short Account, &c, as above, and the hymn appended thereto.
4. From the manuscript evidence in our possession (the S. MSS.), we feel that the ascription of the authorship to Olivers is correct.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)



Henry T. Smart (PHH 233) composed REGENT SQUARE for the Horatius Bonar (PHH 260) doxology "Glory be to God the Father." The tune was first published in the English Presbyterian Church's Psalms and Hymns for Divine Worship (1867), of which Smart was music editor. Because the text editor of that hymna…

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