Scripture Verse

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


Isaac Williams

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)
Edmund H. Turpin


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.