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In grateful devotion our tribute we bring;
We lay it before Thee, we kneel and adore Thee,
We bless Thy holy name, glad praises we sing.
Through life’s storm and tempest our guide have Thou been;
When perils overtake us, escape Thou will make us,
And with Thy help, O Lord, our battles we win.
To Thee, great Jehovah, glad anthems we raise.
Thy strong arm will guide us, our God is beside us,
To Thee, our great Redeemer, forever be praise.
Who came as a babe and whose bed was a stall,
His blest life He gave us and then died to save us;
We praise Thee, O Lord, for Thy gift to us all.
Written by Julia Cory on the behest of Archer Gibson. Gibson was the organist at the church that Cory’s family attended in New York. Gibson wanted new words to a popular tune (we gather together). It took her about two weeks to come up with the original first three stanzas, she added the fourth for Christmas.
She was an active member of her church all her life, working actively in her community as well.
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