God of the living, in whose eyes

God of the living, in whose eyes. John Ellerton* (1826-1893).  This was written for Ellerton’s Hymns for Schools and Bible Classes (Brighton, 1859). The Hymnal 1940 Companion (p. 155) notes that it began  God of the living, to whose eyeAll worlds thou madest open lie… and that it was rewritten and expanded on 6 July 1867.   It was published in its revised form in Church Hymns (1871; Church Hymns with Tunes, 1874), of which Ellerton was one of the editors. It was in the ‘Burial’ section, preceded by ‘“He is not a God of the dead, but of the living: for all live unto Him.” - St. Luke xx. 38.’ It had five 6-line stanzas:  God of the living, in whose eyesUnveiled Thy whole creation...

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