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Hymn lyrics to Great is Thy Faithfulness (1923), by Thomas O. Chisholm

Thomas O. Chisholm wrote Great is Thy Faithfulness in 1923 about God’s faithfulness over his lifetime. He sent the song to William Runyan in Kansas, who was affiliated with Hope Publishing Company. Runyan set the poem to music, and it was published that same year by Hope Publishing Company. It soon became popular among church groups. The Biblical lyrics reference Lamentations 3:22-23.

1 Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father,
there is no shadow of turning with thee.
Thou changest not, thy compassions, they fail not;
as thou hast been, thou forever wilt be.

Great is thy faithfulness!
Great is thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see;
all I have needed thy hand hath provided.
Great is thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

2 Summer and winter and springtime and harvest,
sun, moon, and stars in their courses above
join with all nature in manifold witness
to thy great faithfulness, mercy, and love. [Refrain]

3 Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth,
thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide,
strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside! [Refrain]

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