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’TIS religion that can give

The Pleasures of Religion.

Poet: Mary Masters, 1755; Alt. by Rippon’s Selection, 1804
Meter: 7s (7,7,7,7)
Location in The Sacred Harp
Stanza Denson Cooper
’TIS religion that can give
Sweetest pleasures while we live;
’Tis religion must supply,
Solid comfort when we die.

Solid Comfort (King of Peace) 74b, Stanza 1
After death its joys will be
Lasting as eternity!
Be the living GOD my friend,
Then my bliss shall never end.

Solid Comfort (King of Peace) 74b, Stanza 2

Rippon's Selection took a short 6-line poem written by Mary Masters in 1755, ’Tis Religion that can give,, and added two additional lines.
Rippon, John. A Selection of Hymns from the Best Authors, Including a Great Number of Originals: Inteded to Be an Appendix to Dr. Watt’s Psalms and Hymns London: Sold by the Author, 1804.