Hail, Thou Source of every blessing
Hail, Thou Source of every blessing. Basil Woodd* (1760-1831).
This hymn for the Epiphany was first published in Woodd’s A New Metrical Version of the Psalms of David; with an Appendix of Select Psalms and Hymns, adapted to The Service of the United Church of England and Ireland (1821), where it opens the Epiphany section, and is preceded by the title ‘Psalm XCVI, LXXII. Eph. iii. 1.6.’ It had three 8-line stanzas:
Hail, Thou Source of every blessing, Sov’reign Father of Mankind! Gentiles now thy grace possessing, In Thy courts admission find. Grateful now we fall before Thee, In Thy Church obtain a place, Now by faith behold Thy glory, Praise Thy truth, adore Thy grace.
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