Scripture Verse

The entrance of Thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple. Psalm 119:130


Words: Charles Wes­ley, Hymns and Sac­red Po­ems (Lon­don: Stra­han, 1740). Be­fore Read­ing the Scrip­tures.

Music: Ca­tan­ia in The Gos­pel Psalm­ist, ed­it­ed by John G. Ad­ams & S. B. Ball (Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts: Uni­ver­sal­ist Pub­lish­ing House, 1861), page 351 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Charles Wesley (1707–1788)


Father of all, in whom alone
We live, and move and breathe,
One bright, ce­les­ti­al ray dart down,
And cheer Thy sons be­neath.

While in Thy word we search for Thee,
(We search with trem­bling awe)
Open our eyes, and let us see
The won­ders of Thy law.

Now let our dark­ness com­pre­hend
The light that shines so clear:
Now the re­veal­ing Spir­it send,
And give us ears to hear.

Before us make Thy good­ness pass,
Which here by faith we know;
Let us in Je­sus see Thy face,
And die to all be­low.