O Thou God of my Salvation

O Thou God of my Salvation. Thomas Olivers* (1725-1799).  This hymn was first published at the end of A Short Account of the Death of Mary Langson of Taxall, in Cheshire, who died January the 29th 1769. Printed in the Year MDCCLXXI (JJ, p. 1584). This was a work of twelve pages, recording the short life of Mary Langson, who caught smallpox and died ‘before the expiration of her twentieth year.’ She lived a life of fervent piety, sure of her hope of heaven.  She was described as having been converted in her fourteenth year, after which she ‘was diligent in the use of all the means of grace, whether private or public’, and ‘constant at meeting her class’ (she was a Methodist). Her final...

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