Hath not thy heart within thee burned

Hath not thy heart within thee burned. Stephen Greenleaf Bulfinch* (1809-1870).  From Bulfinch’s Contemplations of the Saviour: a series of extracts from the Gospel history, with reflections and original and selected hymns (Boston, 1832). For the structure and arrangement of this book, see the entry on ‘Hail to the Sabbath day’*. This hymn comes from Part VIII, ‘To the Ascension of Jesus’: section xlviii (the sections are numbered independently) is entitled ‘Jesus appears to his disciples’. It is a reading and a meditation on Luke 24: 13ff., the story of the Easter Day meeting on the road to Emmaus. The hymn depends especially on part of verse 32: ‘Did not our heart burn within us, while...

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