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Lord, her watch Thy church is keeping

Lord, her watch Thy church is keeping. Henry Downton* (1818-1885) This stirring hymn for mission was written in 1866 during Downton’s time in Geneva, and sung at the annual meeting of the Church Missionary Society in that year. It was published in the Seventh Edition of D.T. Barry’s Psalms and Hymns for the Church, School, and Home (1867) and subsequently in Downton’s Hymns and Verses, Original and Translated (1873). Too late for the First Edition of A&M, and missed by the 1868 Appendix, it appeared in the Second Edition of 1875, and remained a fixture until it was omitted by A&MNS: Lord, her watch Thy church is keeping:  When shall earth Thy rule obey?When shall end the night of...

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