Scripture Verse

Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. Matthew 4:4

Introduction

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Charles Wesley
1707–1788

Words: Charles Wes­ley, Hymns and Sac­red Po­ems 1742.

Music: Hayes from So­na­ta Op­us 14, Num­ber 2, by Lud­wig van Beet­ho­ven, 1799 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Ludwig van Beethoven
1770–1827

Lyrics

Father of all, whose powerful voice
Called forth this universal frame!
Whose mercies over all rejoice,
Through endless ages still the same;
Thou by Thy word upholdest all;
Thy bounteous love to all is showed;
Thou hear’st Thy every creature’s call,
And fillest every mouth with good.

In Heaven Thou reign’st enthroned in light,
Nature’s expanse beneath Thee spread;
Earth, air, and sea, before Thy sight
And hell’s deep gloom, are open laid:
Wisdom, and might, and love are Thine;
Prostrate before Thy face we fall,
Confess Thine attributes divine,
And hail Thee sovereign Lord of all.

Thee sovereign Lord let all confess,
That move in earth, or air, or sky;
Revere Thy power, Thy goodness bless,
Tremble before Thy piercing eye.
All ye, who owe to Him your birth,
In praise your every hour employ;
Jehovah reigns! be glad, O earth!
And shout, ye morning stars, for joy.