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Jesu, with thy church abide

Jesu, with thy church abide. Thomas Benson Pollock* (1836-1896). Pollock was described by JJ as ‘a most successful writer of metrical Litanies’ (p. 900). This was entitled [Litany] ‘Of the Church’. Part was written for the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel for the Day of Intercession in 1871 (cf. ‘Through midnight gloom from Macedon’*) and first published in Pollock’s Litany Appendix (1871), a supplement to his Metrical Litanies for Special Services and General Use (1870). Parts of the hymn were re-written for inclusion in the Second Edition of A&M (1875), where the compilers altered and added stanzas (including the first, which confuses the searcher of indexes) presumably...

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