– to the tune Old Hundredth
Great God accept our gratitude,
For the great gifts on us bestowed–
For rainment, shelter and for food.
Great God accept our gratitude.
Great God, our gratitude we bring,
Accept our humble offering,
For all the gifts on us bestowed,
Thy name be evermore adored.
Josephine Delphine Henderson Heard (1861 – c. 1921) was born the daughter of two enslaved parents in Salisbury, North Carolina, USA. With the end of slavery in the United States, Josephine was able to become a teacher. She was an accomplished poet and wife of an American Episcopal Chruch minister.