The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Eternal Source Of Ev'ry Joy

For The New Year

Words: Philip Doddridge

Music: "Morning Hymn" François H. Barthélémon, 1789
Meter: LM

Source: Henry Sloane Coffin and Ambrose White Vernon, eds., Hymns of the Kingdom of God. New York: The A. S. Barnes Company, 1910

1. Eternal Source of every joy!
Well may Thy praise our lips employ,
While in Thy temple we appear,
Whose goodness crowns the circling year.

2. Wide as the wheels of nature roll,
Thy hand supports the steady pole;
The sun is taught by Thee to rise,
And darkness when to veil the skies.

3. The flowery spring at Thy command
Embalms the air and paints the land;
The summer rays with vigor shine
To raise the corn and cheer the vine.

4. Thy hand in autumn richly pours
Through all our coasts redundant shores;
And winters, softened by Thy care,
No more a face of horror wear.

5. Seasons and months and weeks and days
Demand successive songs of praise;
Still be the cheerful homage paid
With opening light and evening shade.

6. Here in Thy house shall incense rise
As circling Sabbaths bless our eyes;
Still will we make Thy mercies known
Around Thy board and round our own.

Sheet Music "Morning Hymn" François H. Barthélémon, 1789,  from Henry Sloane Coffin and Ambrose White Vernon, eds., Hymns of the Kingdom of God. New York: The A. S. Barnes Company, 1910, #451

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