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“How Gentle God’s Commands”

 

How gentle God’s commands,
How kind His precepts are!
Come, cast your burdens on the Lord,
And trust His constant care.

 

Beneath His watchful eye
His saints securely dwell;
That hand which bears all nature up
Shall guide His children well.

 

Why should this anxious load
Press down your weary mind?
Haste to your Heavenly Father’s throne,
And sweet refreshment find.

 

His goodness stands approved,
Down to the present day;
I’ll drop my burden at His feet,
And bear a song away.

 

Philip Doddridge was born this date, 6/26/1702, in London.  The youngest of twenty (20) children, a Nonconformist, wrote some four hundred (400) Hymns/Gospel Songs.  His book Rise and Progress of Religion in the Soul is said to have helped in the conversion of many including the great abolitionist, William Wilberforce.  Doddridge died 10/26/1751 in Portugal.

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“O Happy Day”  (stanza 4)

Now rest, my long divided heart,
Fixed on this blissful center, rest.
Here have I found a nobler part;
Here heavenly pleasures fill my breast.

Philip Doddridge, D.D. Aberdeen University, 1736, died 10/26/1751

– buried Lisbon, Portugal.

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