The Bond of Love

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1 Praise waits in Zion, Lord for thee;
Thy saints adore thy holy name;
Thy creatures bend the obedient knee,
And humbly thy protection claim.

2 Thy hand has raised us from the dust;
The breath of life thy Spirit gave.
Where bu in thee can mortals trust?
Who but our god has power to save?

3 Here at the portal of thy house,
We leave our mortal hopes and fears;
Answer our prayers and bless our vows,
Accept our praise and dry our tears.

4 So shall our sun of hope arise
With brighter and still brighter ray,
Till thou shalt bless our longing eyes
With beams of everlasting day.

Source: The Hymnal #3

Author: James Edward Smith

Smith, Sir James Edward, born at Norwich Dec. 2, 1759; died March 17, 1828. A distinguished botanist, and President of the Linnaean Society from its foundation in 1788 to the time of his death. He was knighted when the Prince Regent became, in 1814, a Patron of the Society. Smith studied medicine at Edinburgh, and, in 1786, graduated as a physician at Leyden. After further travels abroad he finally settled down at Norwich in 1797. He published English Botany in 36 vols. (beginning in 1790) and various other botanical works. He was also a large contributor to Rees's Encyclopaedia. The friend of Dr. Enfield and John Taylor, he was also a member of the congregation meeting in the Octagon Chapel, Norwich, and a subscriber to the British and For… Go to person page >

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First Line: Praise waits in Zion, Lord, for thee; Thy saints adore thy holy name
Title: The Bond of Love
Author: James Edward Smith
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



First published anonymously in Henry Boyd's Select Collection of Psalm and Hymn Tunes (1793), DUKE STREET was credited to John Hatton (b. Warrington, England, c. 1710; d, St. Helen's, Lancaster, England, 1793) in William Dixon's Euphonia (1805). Virtually nothing is known about Hatton, its composer,…

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FREEDOM (Higgins)


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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The A.M.E. Zion Hymnal #12

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