Francis Ridley Havergal ~ Like a River Glorious

I was introduced this week to Francis Ridley Havergal by Abigail. She has authored a lovely piece on  Havergal that you can find here. I was so excited to find out that she is the hymnwriter of a favorite of mine from Russian Baptist Days. Like a River Glorious is so beautiful when sung with soprano, alto, tenor and bass voices. It takes me back to the times when we sang these beautiful hymns in four part harmony.

Like a River Glorious ~ Francis Ridley Havergal (1836 – 1879)

Like a river glorious, is God’s perfect peace,
Over all victorious, in its bright increase
Perfect, yet it floweth, fuller every day,
Perfect, yet it groweth, deeper all the way.

Refrain:
Stayed upon Jehovah, hearts are fully blest
Finding, as He promised, perfect peace and rest

Hidden in the hollow of His blessed hand,
Never foe can follow, never traitor stand;
Not a surge of worry, not a shade of care,
Not a blast of hurry touch the spirit there.

Refrain:
Stayed upon Jehovah, hearts are fully blest
Finding, as He promised, perfect peace and rest

Every joy or trial falleth from above,
Traced upon our dial by the sun of love;
We may trust Him fully all for us to do.
They who trust Him wholly find Him wholly true.

Refrain:
Stayed upon Jehovah, hearts are fully blest
Finding, as He promised, perfect peace and rest.

8 thoughts on “Francis Ridley Havergal ~ Like a River Glorious

  1. I love this hymn! Now I’ll probably be singing it the rest of the day; which is a good thing!

    Ellen backatcha: Hi Rosemary, I was singing the hymn from my sister’s blog all day yesterday! Blessings.

  2. Ellen,
    I was singing the alto. I love that hymn as well.

    I really enjoyed reading your posts. I was particularly interested in the noodle soup. I smiled when I saw that quantities of ingredients.
    Thank you for leaving an item of thankfulness on my blog.

    Hi Lovella, I sing alto, also. You should make that soup. Blessings!

  3. Can’t sing alto, soprano or any of the above…but I do love this hymn, one I haven’t heard / “sung” in awhile! 🙂

    I’m returning your visit; I’ve appreciated all your comments, but just now realized how to get to your site (just in case you were wondering, yes I am just that techno-stupid!).

    Looking forward to great conversation!
    Blessings,
    Lisa

    Ellen backatcha: Hi Lisa, you have met your match in the techno-stupid world. We can stumble through this together! Blessings.

  4. I also love this song , they play it all the time on the radio station I listen to. They not only play the old traditional songs, they sing ALL the verses, love it. Glad your back, I’ll let you know if I make it over that way. Hope to see you.

    Ellen backatcha: Hi Beth, Let me know…

  5. I have a book called Songs of the Masters love by Frances Ridley Havergal it is beutifully illistrated I belive to be an origanal its in very good condition I would love to find out more about my book. I was given it by my grandfather when was a small child

    Sue, There’s a Frances Ridley Havergal Trust where you might be able to get more information. Here’s their website http://www.havergaltrust.com
    I hope you find the information you want…

  6. My dad passed away almost two months ago. Myself and other members of the family witnessed to him of salvation in Jesus Christ. Only himself and the Lord knows if he received Jesus as his saviour. After the funeral, and I went back to my earthly dwelling, when I went to church on that next Sunday, “Like a river glorious” was one of the songs the congregation sang. The Lord gave great peace to my heart through that song. I was grieving and still grieve over my dad. I am so thankful for the Lord and His great love to His children in their times of hurting.

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