Scripture Verse

By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing Him who is invisible. Hebrews 11:27


Philip Doddridge (1702–1751)

Words: Phi­lip Dodd­ridge (1702–1751). Publ­ished post­hu­mous­ly in Hymns Found­ed on Va­ri­ous Texts in the Ho­ly Scrip­tures, by Job Or­ton (Shrop­shire, Eng­land: Jo­shua Ed­dowes & John Cot­ton, 1755), num­ber 321: Act­ing, as see­ing Him, who is in­vi­si­ble.

Music: Eter­nal King An­tho­ny J. Sho­wal­ter, The Gos­pel Way (Dal­ton, Georg­ia: A. J. Sho­wal­ter, 1923), num­ber 53 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Anthony J. Showalter (1858–1924)


Eternal and im­mor­tal King,
Thy peer­less splen­dors none can bear;
But dark­ness veils se­ra­phic eyes,
When God with all His lus­ter’s there.

Yet faith can pierce the aw­ful gloom,
The great In­vi­si­ble can see;
And with its trem­blings mingle joy
In fixed re­gards, great God, to Thee.

Then ev­ery tempt­ing form of sin,
Shamed in Thy pre­sence, dis­ap­pears;
And all the glow­ing rap­tured soul
The like­ness it con­tem­plates it wears,

O ev­er con­scious to my heart,
Witness to its su­preme desire,
Behold, it press­eth on to Thee,
For it hath caught the heav’n­ly fire.

This one pe­ti­tion would it urge,
To bear Thee ev­er in its sight;
In life, in death, in worlds un­known,
Its on­ly por­tion and de­light.