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O Thou Great All-Gracious Shepherd

by Amelia St John Wellesley (Niblock)

Tune: Ellesdie

1 O THOU great all-gracious Shepherd,
Shedding for us Thy life's blood,
Unto shame and death delivered,
All to bring us nigh to God!
Now our willing hearts adore Thee,
Now we taste Thy dying love,
While by faith we come before Thee ---
Faith which lifts our souls above.

2 As our Surety we behold Thee,
Ransoming our souls from death;
As the willing Victim view Thee
Yielding up to God Thy breath.
In the broken bread we own Thee,
Bruised for us and put to shame;
And the cup, O Lord, we thank Thee,
Speaks of pardon through Thy name.

3 But 'tis past, and, Lord, we hail Thee
Crowned with glory on the throne;
Meet it is Thy saints should bless Thee
For the place Thy death hath won:
Won for us --- that in full measure
We should have our part with Thee ---
Taste the river of Thy pleasure,
Share in all Thy victory.

Mackie said ...
Nice hymn but sung a bit too fast.
Tuesday, Jul 25, 2017 : 21:59
Timothy Stunt said ...
I think the author of this hymn must be Charlotte Anne Wellesley [b. 4 Sep 1847 - d.19 Aug 1930] the third child and second daughter of Captain William Henry George Wellesley [1806-75]. Her older sister Mary Amelia Wellesley (born 1843) married Farnham Chidley Close [died 1901] to whom JND bequeathed the residue of his property and effects. These included the Darby papers that became part of the Sibthorpe collection which is now in the Christian Brethren archive in the John Rylands Uinversity Library in Manchester. Timothy Stunt
Thursday, Jul 27, 2017 : 00:06
Tom said ...
Yep the Spruce Lake ones are to the faster end of things!

The Wellesley family tree is next on my list to do .. an interesting one indeed!
Tuesday, Aug 1, 2017 : 20:27
Nick Fleet said ...
Timothy is right. The author was given as "Mrs Wellesley" in the 1881 and 1903 editions. The mistake of attributing it to her daughter was first made by C T Lambert in 1932 Music edition. 'Christian Worship' (1976) correctly gives 'Amelia St. John Niblock Wellesley'. Current printings of the 1881 edition have wrongly 'corrected' it!
Friday, Sep 1, 2017 : 20:32
Timothy Stunt said ...
Thank you for that clarification. I had no idea that the hymn was by Charlotte's mother, whom Captain Wellesley married in 1842. Niblock was her maiden name. Her father Joseph White Niblock was an unusual mixture of scholarship, piety and eccentricity. There is an interesting and amusing account of him in the 'Western Antiquary' vii (1888) pp.76-77 [accessible at ] Curiously he took over (but not for long) the school in London which had been previously directed by John Walker the founder of the Walkerites (regarded by some, as forerunners of the Brethren). He died the year after his daughter married Captain Wellesley. Timothy Stunt
Friday, Sep 1, 2017 : 23:47
Theophilus said ...
In "Hymns and Spiritual Songs for the Children of God" 4th ed. enlarged, 1863, published by William Yapp, the initials given are A.S.W. This collection is listed alphabetically, which seems sensible. Interesting that we sing the same hymns, thought in the Little Flock many are considerably altered; some would say mutilated.
Saturday, Sep 30, 2017 : 13:21
Nick Fleet said ...
There is a very nice tune by another of Mrs Wellesley's daughters, Miss Louisa Christiana Wellesley (1853-1933), called VEVEY. It fits hymn 40 very well and I like to think it was composed for it? The family must have had links with Vevey, Switzerland - Miss C. A. Wellesley translated Dr Rossier's hymn (#227) from French to English, and Mrs Wellesley died there in 1889.
Saturday, Mar 31, 2018 : 02:02
Nick Fleet said ...
Actually, W J Hocking's 1928 revision of the Hymn Book (combining Darby's 1881 and Kelly's 1894 editions) also attributes it to her daughter Miss C A Wellesley, so C T Lambert wasn't the first to make the mistake.
Thursday, Jun 11, 2020 : 21:21

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