Look back, my soul, with grateful love (Thomas Clark)
- (Posted 2012-11-12) CPDL #27586: (Sibelius 7)
- Editor: Edmund Gooch (submitted 2012-11-12). Score information: A4, 2 pages, 52 kB Copyright: Public Domain
- Edition notes: The order of parts in the source is Tenor - [Alto] - Air - [Bass], with both the Tenor and Alto parts printed in the treble clef an octave above sounding pitch. Only the first verse of the text is underlaid in the source: four subsequent verses have been added editorially.
Description: Setting of a hymn by Philip Doddridge. Hymn Tune Index tune number 12837.
Original text and translations
Look back, my soul, with grateful love,
On what thy God has done:
Praise him for his unnumber'd gifts,
And praise him for his Son.
How oft hath his indulgent hand
My flowing eyelids dried,
And rescued from impending death,
When I in danger cried.
When on the bed of death I lay,
With sickness sore oppress'd,
How oft hath he assuaged my grief,
And lull'd my eyes to rest!
Back from destruction's yawning pit
At his command I came;
He fed th'expiring lamp anew,
And rais'd its feeble flame.
My broken spirit he hath chear'd,
When torn with inward grief;
And when temptations press'd me sore,
Hath brought me swift relief.
My soul from everlasting death
Is by his mercy brought,
To tell in Zion's sacred gates
The wonders he hath wrought.
Still will I walk before his face,
While he this life prolongs;
Till grace shall all its work complete,
And teach me heav'nly songs.