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~Thy Word Is Like A Garden, Lord

           Some of our hymn writers were neither ministers nor professional poets, but ordinary people who loved to sing and to write new Christian songs.

           Edwin Hodder (1837-1904), author of “Thy Word Is Like a Garden, Lord,” spent the early part of his working life in New Zealand, doing sociological research among the Maori aborigines. 

           Later he became a civil servant in his native England.  As a hymnist he would probably be called an amateur, but in this hymn alone he has made a great contribution to our worship.               

           “They Word is like a garden, Lord” suggests first that the Bible is comparable to a landscape full of lovely flowers that bring delight with every glance.  Most public gardens have signs posted which warn:  “Please do not pick the flowers.”  But in the garden of God’s Word we read: “Help yourself!”

                         

 

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Thy Word Is Like a Garden, Lord [1]

1           Thy Word is like a garden, Lord,

With flowers bright and fair;

And every one who seeks may pluck

A lovely cluster there.

Thy Word is like a deep, deep mine;

And jewels rich and rare

Are hidden in its mighty depths

For every searcher there.

2           Thy Word is like a starry host:

A thousand rays of light

Are seen to guide the traveler

And make his pathway bright.

Thy Word is like an armory,

Where soldiers may repair;

And find, for life’s long battle day,

All needful weapons there.

3           O may I love Thy precious Word,

May I explore the mine,

May I its fragrant flowers glean,

May light upon me shine!

O may I find my armor there!

Thy Word my trusty sword,

I’ll learn to fight with every foe

The battle of the Lord.

 



[1]Eckert, Paul, Steve Green’s MIDI Hymnal, (Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.) 1998.

 

 

 

 

 

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