Scripture Verse

To one is given by the Spi­rit the word of wisdom. 1 Corinthians 12:8

Introduction

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Isaac Williams
1802–1865

Words: Jean B. de San­tëuil, in the Clu­ni­ac Bre­vi­ary, 1686 (Chris­ti pe­ren­nes nun­tii). Trans­lat­ed from La­tin to Eng­lish by Is­aac Will­iams (Christ’s Ev­er­last­ing Mes­sen­gers) & the com­pil­ers of Hymns An­cient and Mo­dern.

Music: Clif­ton (Tur­pin) Ed­mund H. Tur­pin, in Hymns An­cient and Mo­dern, 1875 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

  • Tiverton Rev. J. Grigg, cir­ca 1791 (🔊 pdf nwc)
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Edmund H. Turpin
1835–1907

Lyrics

Behold the mes­sen­gers of Christ,
Who bear to ev­ery place,
The un­veiled mys­te­ries of God,
The Gos­pel of His grace.

The things through mists and sha­dows dim
By ho­ly pro­phets seen,
In the full light of day they saw
With not a cloud be­tween.

What Christ, true Man, di­vine­ly wrought,
What God in man­hood bore,
They wrote, as God in­spired, in words
That live for­ev­er­more.

Although in space and time apart,
One Spi­rit ruled them all;
And in their sac­red pag­es still
We hear that Spi­rit’s call.

To God, the bless­èd Three in One,
Be glo­ry, praise, and might,
Who called us from the shades of death
To His own glo­ri­ous light.