O Thou, to Whom in Ancient Time

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1 O thou, to whom in ancient time
the lyre of Hebrew bards was strung,
whom kings adored in songs sublime,
and prophets praised with glowing tongue:

2 not now on Zion's hill alone
thy favored worshipers may dwell,
nor where at sultry nooon thy Son
sat weary by the patriarch's well.

3 For ev'ry place below the skies
the grateful song, the fervent prayer,
the incense of the heart may rise
to heav'n and find acceptance there.

4 To thee shall age with snowy hair,
and strength and beauty bow the knee,
and childhood lisp with rev'rent air
its praises and its prayers to thee.

5 O thou, to whom in ancient time
the lyre of prophet bards was strung,
to thee at last in ev'ry clime
shall temples rise and praise be sung.

Source: Rejoice in the Lord #272

Author: John Pierpont

Pierpont, John, son of James Pierpont, of Litchfield, Connecticut, was born at Litchfield, April 6, 1785, and educated at Yale College, where he graduated in 1804. After fulfilling engagements as a Tutor in New Haven, and in Charlestown, South Carolina, he was admitted to the Bar in 1812. Shortly after he retired and went into business, only to leave it also, and to pass on to Harvard College as a student in theology. In 1819 he succeeded Dr. Holley as the pastor of the Unitarian congregation in Hollis Street, Boston. At length his zeal against intemperance and slavery caused him to resign his charge in 1840 [sic. 1845] (see Lothrop's Proceedings of an Eccl. Council in the case of the Hollis Street Meeting and the Rev. J. Pierpont). At this… Go to person page >

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First Line: O thou, to whom in ancient time
Title: O Thou, to Whom in Ancient Time
Author: John Pierpont (1824)
Meter: 8.8.8.8
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

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WAREHAM (Knapp)

William Knapp (b. Wareham, Dorsetshire, England, 1698; d. Poole, Dorsetshire, 1768) composed WAREHAM, so named for his birthplace. A glover by trade, Knapp served as the parish clerk at St. James's Church in Poole (1729-1768) and was organist in both Wareham and Poole. Known in his time as the "coun…

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A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion (15th ed.) #81

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A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion. (10th ed.) #81

A Collection of Hymns and Sacred Songs. 19th ed. #d336

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A Collection of Hymns for the use of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church in America #63

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship. (45th ed.) #616

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for the Sanctuary #14

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A Manual of Devotion and Hymns for the House of Refuge, City of New York #54

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Better Than Pearls #85

Chapel Hymns #d423

Choice Hymns #d111

Christ in Song #d426

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Christ in Song #457

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Christian Hymns for Public and Private Worship #26

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Common Praise #84

Cross and Crown Hymnal, 3rd ed. #d314

Family Singing Book. Rev ed. with Supplement #d206

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Free Methodist Hymnal #3

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Good Will Songs #94

Heart and Voice #d196

Heart and Voice #d198

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Heart and Voice #94

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Hymn and Tune Book for the Church and the Home. (Rev. ed.) #23

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Hymn and Tune Book, for the Church and the Home #43

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Hymn Book for Christian Worship #53

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Hymn Book for Christian Worship. 8th ed. #a53

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Hymnal of the Methodist Episcopal Church #36

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Hymnal of the Methodist Episcopal Church #36

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Hymns and Songs of Praise for Public and Social Worship #986

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Hymns and Tunes #41

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Hymns for Children, Selected and Altered #142

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Hymns for Christian Devotion #16

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Hymns for Schools and Colleges #57

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Hymns for Schools #109

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Hymns for the Church of Christ (3rd thousand) #15

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Hymns for the Church of Christ. (6th thousand) #15

Hymns for the Hospital Chapel, Worcester #d175

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Hymns for the Use of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Rev. ed. #63

Hymns for Use in Divine Worship ... Seventh-Day Adventists #d823

Hymns of the Millennial Dawn #ad210

Hymns of the Millennial Dawn, with Music #d210

Hymns of the Spirit for Use in the Free Churches of America #15

Jubilant Voices #d128

Jubilate Deo, a Book of Hymns and Tunes for Young and Old #d228

Kingdom Hymns with Music #d46

Lyra Sacra Americana #d149

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Melodies and Hymns for Divine Service in Appleton Chapel #a25

Methodist Hymn and Tune Book #d615

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Methodist Hymn and Tune Book #244

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Methodist Hymn-Book #668

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New Hymn and Tune book #183f

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New Hymn and Tune Book #183f

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New Manual of Praise #68

One Hundred Non-Sectarian Hymns for Use in Church and Home. 10 vols. in 1 #d55

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Poems and Hymns of Dawn #227

Prayers and Hymns for the Church and the Home #d497

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Psalms and Hymns, for Christian Use and Worship #H15

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Rejoice in the Lord #272

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Sacred Poetry #267

Selected Salvation Songs. Vol. 1 #d27

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Services for Congregational Worship. The New Hymn and Tune Book #438

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Singers and Songs of the Liberal Faith #29

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Songs for Social and Public Worship #54

Songs for the New Life #d500

Songs for the Sanctuary, or Hymns and Tunes for Christian Worship #ad843

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Songs for the Sanctuary, or Hymns and Tunes for Christian Worship #b147

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Songs for the Sanctuary; or Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship (Baptist Ed.) #147

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Songs for the Sanctuary; or, Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship (Words only) #147

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Songs for the Sanctuary #147

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Songs for the Sanctuary #147

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Songs for the Sanctuary #147

Songs of the Unity #d153

Spiritual Songs of the First National Association of Spiritualists #d77

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The Academic Hymnal #209

The Advent Christian Hymnal #d632

The American Hymn and Tune Book #d595

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The American School Hymn Book #XXXIV

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The American School Hymn Book. (New ed.) #XXXIV

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The Baptist Psalmody #957

The Book of Praise #d595

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The Centenary Singer #27a

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The Christian Hymn Book #676

The Church Hymnal #d316

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The Church Hymnary #381a

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The Church Hymnary #381b

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The Church Praise Book #636

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The College Hymnal #39

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The Cyber Hymnal #5368

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The Disciples' Hymn Book #54

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The Gospel Hymnal #d472

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The Gospel Psalmist #34

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The Heart and Voice #34b

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