Scripture Verse

My heart standeth in awe of Thy Word. Psalm 119:161


William Cowper (1731–1800)

Words: Will­iam Cow­per, cir­ca 1770.

Music: Bur­ling­ton John F. Bur­rowes, 1830 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

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


A glo­ry gilds the sacred page,
Majestic like the sun;
It gives a light to every age;
It gives, but borrows none.

The Spi­rit breathes upon the Word
And brings the truth to sight;
Precepts and promises afford
A sanctifying light.

The hand that gave it still supplies
The gracious light and heat;
His truths upon the nations rise;
They rise, but ne­ver set.

Let ev­er­last­ing thanks be Thine
For such a bright display.
As makes a world of darkness shine
With beams of heavenly day.

My soul rejoices to pursue
The steps of Him I love,
Till glo­ry breaks upon my view
In brighter worlds above.