Scripture Verse

Justice and judgment are the habitation of Thy throne: mercy and truth shall go before Thy face. Psalm 89:14


Words: Au­gus­tus L. Hill­house, cir­ca 1816. Pub­lished in the Chris­tian Spec­ta­tor (New Ha­ven, Con­nec­ti­cut: April 1822).

Music: Sam­son, ar­ranged from George F. Han­del, 1741 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Hill­house (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

George F. Handel


Trembling before Thine awful throne,
O Lord, in dust my sins I own;
Justice and mercy for my life
Contend; O smile, and heal the strife.

The Savior smiles; upon my soul
New tides of hope tumultuous roll;
His voice proclaims my pardon found,
Seraphic transport wings the sound.

Earth has a joy unknown to Heaven,
The newborn peace of sins forgiven;
Tears of such pure and deep delight,
Ye angels, never dimmed your sight.

Ye saw, of old, on chaos rise
The beauteous pillars of the skies;
Ye know where morn exulting springs,
And evening folds her drooping wings.

Bright heralds of the eternal will,
Abroad His errands ye fulfill;
Or, throned in floods of beamy day,
Symphonious in His presence play.

Loud is the song, the heavenly plain
Is shaken with the choral strain;
And dying echoes, floating far,
Draw music from each chiming star.

But I amid your choirs shall shine,
And all your knowledge shall be mine:
Ye on your harps must lean to hear
A secret chord that mine will bear.