O Lord of life, and love, and power

O Lord of life, and love, and power. Ella Sophia Armitage* (1841-1931). Written in 1875, and published in Armitage’s The Garden of the Lord (1881). It was written at Waterhead, Oldham, for the opening of a new Sunday School (JJ, p. 1561). It had four strong stanzas, but three are normally printed. This text omits stanza 3, which is concerned specifically with Sunday-school matters: In this new house our hands have raised  Thy service to pursue,O may Thy Name henceforth be praised  By work more pure and true;May child and teacher evermore  Come here with earnest heart,And those who never worked before  Stand forth and bear their part.  This stanza was found in The Congregational Church...

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