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Don’t you love a good hymn that speaks to the praise and worship we have for our risen Lord? Praising him for his actions on our behalf, and that also speaks to our dependence upon him? Saviour, Again to Thy Dear Name We Raise is one such song.
Savior, again to Thy dear name we raise
With one accord our parting hymn of praise;
We stand to bless Thee ere our worship cease;
Then, lowly kneeling, wait Thy word of peace.
Grant us Thy peace upon our homeward way;
With Thee began, with Thee shall end the day.
Guard thou the lips from sin, the hearts from shame,
That in this house have called upon Thy name.
Grant us Thy peace, through this approaching night;
Turn Thou for us its darkness into light;
From harm and danger keep Thy children free,
For dark and light are both alike to Thee.
Grant us Thy peace—the peace Thou didst bestow
On Thine apostles in Thine hour of woe;
The peace Thou broughtest, when at eventide
They saw Thy piercèd hands, Thy wounded side.
Grant us Thy peace throughout our earthly life;
Peace to Thy church from error and from strife;
Peace to our land, the fruit of truth and love;
Peace in each heart, Thy Spirit from above.
Thy peace in life, the balm of every pain;
Thy peace in death, the hope to rise again;
Then, when Thy voice shall bid our conflict cease,
Call us, O Lord, to Thine eternal peace.
Written by John Ellerton, Saviour, Again to Thy Dear Name We Raise, was written for the Festival of the Malpas, Middlewich and Nantwich Choral Association in Cheshire, England. Mr. Ellerton wrote about 50 of his own hymns and translated a few others. Born in London, England he eventually took the Holy Orders and became Curate of Eastbourne, and then Vicar of Crewe Green 1860, Rector of Hinstock 1872, of Barnes 1876, and of White Roding 1886. He lived from 1826-1893. He wrote prose as well as poetry and is best known for his work as a poet and hymnwriter. The Hymnary site has more information on Mr. Ellerton and his work.
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