God of Grace and God of Glory – a “new” hymn

The DeYoung post (to which Laura links) is also an interesting read.

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We sung a hymn at my church yesterday that I’d never heard before: God of Grace and God of Glory (1930). I checked the hymnal (although hymnals are in the pew, the words are projected on a screen), and was surprised to see it was written by Harry Emerson Fosdick. I did not realize he wrote any hymns. He was liberal Protestant, so that would explain why it was not sung in my church background. Yet, I liked the hymn – at least the verses we sang. One verse we did not sing has a problematic line that has been changed in many hymnbooks to reflect better theology. But here is the verse I particularly liked:

Cure your children’s warring madness;
bend our pride to your control;
shame our wanton, selfish gladness,
rich in things and poor in soul.
Grant us wisdom, grant us courage,
lest we miss your…

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About jamesbradfordpate

My name is James Pate. I study the History of Biblical Interpretation at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio, as part of its Ph.D. program. I have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting.
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One Response to God of Grace and God of Glory – a “new” hymn

  1. Laura says:

    Thanks for the share James!


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