Scripture Verse

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

Introduction

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).

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Charles Wesley
(1707–1788)

Lyrics

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.