Doxology (For Thomas Ken)

Today we remember Thomas Ken, the seventeenth-century British bishop and hymn-writer most famous for writing the hymn commonly known as “The Doxology”, a hymn much-loved to many people and which has had a recent revival in a lot of churches. I’ve based today’s poem around some of the lines of that hymn, in memory of a man who had strengths and weaknesses, like us all, but ultimately rested in God’s grace.

 
Doxology (For Thomas Ken, Bishop of Bath and Wells, Teacher)
 
All praise to Thee, my God, this night:
Guard me in my coming and my flight;
Guard me amidst these changing things,
The arms of power and the oaths of kings.
 
Lord, beneath Thine own almighty wings
I will rest and with creation sing,
With all Your creatures here on earth below,
As dwelling in Your arms of grace we grow.
 
So praise God, from Whom all blessings flow:
He who watches everywhere we go,
Praise Him! When smallest, praise Him most.
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host.
 
And when in history’s battles we are lost,
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,
Who holds all history and will make it right:
All praise to Thee, great God of light.

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