Scripture Verse

The book of the covenant. 2 Chronicles 34:30


Percy Dearmer (1867–1936)

Words: Per­cy Dear­mer, 1925.

Music: Lieb­ster Jesu Jo­hann R. Ah­le, 1664 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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


Book of books, our people’s strength
Statesman’s, teach­er’s, he­ro’s trea­sure,
Bringing free­dom, spread­ing truth,
Shedding light that none can mea­sure;
Wisdom comes to those who know thee,
All the best we have we owe thee.

Thank we those who toiled in thought,
Many di­verse scrolls com­plet­ing;
Poets, pro­phets, scho­lars, saints,
Each his word from God re­peat­ing;
Till they came, who told the sto­ry
Of the Word, and showed His glo­ry.

Praise we God, who hath in­spired
Those whose wis­dom still di­rects us;
Praise Him for the Word made flesh,
For the Spi­rit which pro­tects us.
Light of know­ledge, ever burn­ing,
Shed on us Thy death­less learn­ing.