#218 We Give Thee But Thine Own

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1. We give thee but thine own,
Whate’er the gift may be,
For all we have is thine alone,
A trust, O Lord, from thee.

2. May we thy bounties thus
As stewards true receive,
And gladly, as thou blessest us,
To thee our firstfruits give.

3. To comfort and to bless,
To find a balm for woe,
To tend the lone and fatherless
Is angels’ work below.

4. And we believe thy word,
Tho dim our faith may be;
Whate’er we do for thine, O Lord,
We do it unto thee.

Text: William Walsham How, 1823-1897
Music: Anon., arr. by Lowell Mason, 1792-1872, and George J. Webb, 1803-1887

-History: (Source: Wikipedia)

Written By: William Walsham

William Walsham How (13 December 1823 – 10 August 1897) was an English bishop.

The son of a Shrewsbury solicitor, How was educated at Shrewsbury SchoolWadham College, Oxford and University College, Durham[1]. He was ordained in 1846, and for upwards of thirty years was actively engaged in parish work at Whittington in Shropshire and Oswestry (rural dean, 1860). He refused preferment on several occasions, but his energy and success made him well known, and in 1879 he became a suffragan bishop in London, under the title of bishop of Bedford, his province being the East End.

There he became the inspiring influence of a revival of church work. He founded the East London Church Fund, and enlisted a large band of enthusiastic helpers, his popularity among all classes being immense. He was particularly fond of children, and was commonly called the children’s bishop.

In 1888 he was made bishop of Wakefield, and in the north of England he continued to do valuable work. His sermons were straightforward, earnest and attractive; and besides publishing several volumes of these, he wrote a good deal of verse, including such well-known hymns as Who is this so weak and helplessLord, Thy children guide and keep and For All the Saints.

In 1863-1868 he brought out a Commentary on the Four Gospels and he also wrote a manual for the Holy Communion. Published by the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge during the 1890s under the title “Holy Communion, Preparation and Companion…together with the Collects, Epistles and Gospels” this book was widely distributed and many copies still survive today. In the movement for infusing new spiritual life into the church services, especially among the poor, How was a great force. He was much helped in his earlier work by his wife, Frances A Douglas (d. 1887).

For end of paragraph 2. When he came to East London in 1879 “he found great need of women’s help for the poor in the huge parishes of his diocese”. He then planned to establish a Deaconess Community and applied to the (West) London Diocesan Deaconess Institution. LDDI sent its Sr Louisa in autumn 1880 and the East London Diocesan Deaconess Institution was founded at Sutton Place, Hackney. Deaconess Sisters worked in various East London parishes and eventually the Institution became the All Saints Deaconess Home at Meynell Crescent (1894/5-1924). A few of the remaining Sisters joined the London Diocesan Deaconess Institution which continued work in the East End for a few years. [Source: Archives of the (Deaconess) Community of St Andrew which had developed from the LDDI.]

Music By: Anonymous, arr.  by George J. Webb