Words: , 1769.

Music: Malvern, (1792-1872). Al­ter­nate tunes:

  • Hebron, , 1830
  • Shel­ter­ing Wing, (1838-1896)
  • Warrington, , 1784

If you know when the mu­sic was writ­ten

1769. In a let­ter to Mr. Clunie, in Ap­ril, Mr. New­ton speaks of a jour­ney to Ket­ter­ing, and of his preach­ing there, and says, “I have been pret­ty full-hand­ed in preach­ing late­ly. I trust the Lord was gra­cious­ly with us in most or all of our op­por­tun­i­ties. We are go­ing to re­move our pray­er-meet­ing to the great room in the Great House. It is a no­ble place, with a par­lour behind it, and holds one hun­dred and thir­ty peo­ple con­ven­ient­ly. Pray for us, that the Lord may be in the midst of us there, and that as He has now giv­en us a Re­ho­both, and has made room for us, so that He may be pleased to add to our num­bers, and make us fruit­ful in the land.

“It was for this oc­ca­sion that two of the hymns in the Ol­ney Se­lect­ion were com­posed, the 43rd and 44th of the se­cond book. The first, be­gin­ning ‘O Lord, our lan­guid frames in­spire,’ by Mr. New­ton; and the se­cond, ‘Jesus, where’er Thy peo­ple meet,’ by Mr. Cowper.”

J. Bull, John New­ton of Ol­ney and St. Mary Wool­noth

Jesus, where’er Thy people meet,
There they behold Thy mercy seat;
Where’er they seek Thee Thou art found,
And every place is hallowed ground.

For Thou, within no walls confined,
Inhabitest the humble mind;
Such ever bring Thee, where they come,
And, going, take Thee to their home.

Dear Shepherd of Thy chosen few,
Thy former mercies here renew;
Here, to our waiting hearts, proclaim
The sweetness of Thy saving Name.

Here may we prove the power of prayer
To strengthen faith and sweeten care;
To teach our faint desires to rise,
And bring all Heav’n before our eyes.

Behold at Thy commanding word,
We stretch the curtain and the cord;
Come Thou, and fill this wider space,
And bless us with a large increase.

Lord, we are few, but Thou art near;
Nor short Thine arm, nor deaf Thine ear;
O rend the heavens, come quickly down,
And make a thousand hearts Thine own!