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O, let us exalt our dear Lord and proclaim,
In songs of true gratitude, praise to His name!
As songs of the angels in sweetest accord,
Our thanks and our praises shall rise to the Lord.
-- Zion's Harp # 165

Author Bio Information

Bowring, John's bio information

Wednesday, October 17, 1792 - Saturday, November 23, 1872

Born: October 17, 1792, Exeter, England.
Died: November 23, 1872, Exeter, England.
Buried: Exeter, England. On his tombstone were the words from his famous hymn: “In the Cross of Christ I Glory.”

At age 33, Bowring became editor of the Westminster Review. An accomplished linguist, it has been said he was fluent in over 20 languages and could speak 80 more; he was known for his translations of Dutch poetry. He was also one of the preeminent British statesmen of his day: Commissioner to France, Consul at Canton, Minister Plenipotentiary to China, Governor of Hong Kong, and twice a member of Parliament. Queen Victoria knighted him in 1854. His works include:

Matins and Vespers, 1823
Hymns, as a Sequel to the Matins, 1825


Clay to Clay, and Dust to Dust
Come the Rich, and Come the Poor
Drop the Limpid Waters Now
Earth’s Transitory Things Decay
Father, Glorify Thy Name
Father and Friend! Thy Light, Thy Love
Father of Spirits, Humbly Bent Before Thee
From All Evil, All Temptation
From the Recesses of a Lowly Spirit
Gather Up, O Earth, Thy Dead
Gently the Shades of Night Descend
God Is Love; His Mercy Brightens
Heavenly Spheres to Thee, O God, The
How Dark, How Desolate
How Shall We Praise Thee, Lord of Light?
How Sweetly Flowed the Gospel’s Sound
In the Cross of Christ I Glory
Lead Us with Thy Gentle Way
O Let My Trembling Soul Be Still
O Sweet It Is to Feel and Know
On the Dust I’m Doomed to Sleep
Upon the Gospel’s Sacred Page
Watchman, Tell Us of the Night
When Before Thy Throne We Kneel
Where Is Thy Sting, O Death?


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