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Sweet the Moments

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1 Sweet the moments, rich in blessing,
which before the cross we spend,
life and health and peace possessing
from the sinner's dying friend.

2 Here we rest in wonder, viewing
all our sins on Jesus laid;
here we see redemption flowing
from the sacrifice he made.

3 Here we find the dawn of heaven
while upon the cross we gaze,
see our trespasses forgiven,
and our songs of triumph raise.

4 Oh, that, near the cross abiding,
we may to the Savior cleave,
naught with him our hearts dividing,
all for him content to leave!

5 Lord, in loving contemplation
fix our hearts and eyes on you
till we taste your full salvation
and your unveiled glory view.

Source: Christian Worship: Hymnal #400

Author: James Allen

Allen, James, born at Gayle, Wensleydale, Yorkshire, June 24, 1734, and educated with a view to taking Holy Orders, first with two clergymen at different times, and then for one year at St. John's Coll., Cambridge. Leaving the University in 1752 he became a follower of Benjamin Ingham, the founder of the sect of the Inghamites, but subsequently joined himself to the Sandemanians; and finally built a chapel on his estate at Gayle, and ministered therein to the time of his death; died 31st Oct., 1804. He published a small volume, Christian Songs, containing 17 hymns, and was the editor and a principal contributor to the Kendal Hymn Book, 1757, and Appendix to the 2nd edition, 1761. -- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)  Go to person page >

Alterer: Walter Shirley

Walter Shirley was born in 1725. He was the friend of Whitefield and Wesley. After preaching with great success in England, he received the living of Loughrea, Ireland, where he continued to exercise his ministry for many years. His last sickness was of a lingering character, and it is related of him that when no longer able to leave his house he used to preach, seated in his chair in his drawing room, to many who gladly assembled to hear. He died in 1786. He published one volume of sermons and two poems. --Annotations of the Hymnal by The Rev. Charles L. Hutchins, M.A. (1872).… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Sweet the moments, rich in blessing
Title: Sweet the Moments
Author: James Allen (1757)
Alterer: Walter Shirley (1770, alt.)
Language: English
Notes: Spanish translation: See "Dulces momentos consoladores" by Juan Bautista Cabrera Ivars
Copyright: Public Domain



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Ambassador Hymnal #68


Christian Worship (1993) #111

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Christian Worship #400

Church Hymnal, Fifth Edition #240

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CPWI Hymnal #139

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Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #300

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Redemption Hymnal #701


Small Church Music #5863

The Baptist Hymnal #353


The Cyber Hymnal #6427

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The New English Hymnal #91

The Sacred Harp #54t


The Song Book of the Salvation Army #634

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Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #258

生命聖詩 - Hymns of Life, 1986 #231

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