Music: Dwight, arranged from Vincenzo Bellini (1801–1835) by Joseph P. Holbrook, in Songs for the Sanctuary, edited by Charles S. Robinson (New York & Chicago, Illinois: A. S. Barnes, 1868), page 205 (🔊 pdf nwc).
God of the world! Thy glories shine
Through earth and Heav’n, with rays divine;
Thy smile gives beauty to the flower,
Thine anger to the tempest power.
God of our lives! the throbbing heart
Doth at Thy beck its action start—
Throbs on, obedient to Thy will,
Or ceases, at Thy fatal chill.
God of eternal life! Thy love
Doth every stain of sin remove;
The cross, the cross—its hallowed light
Shall drive from earth her cheerless night.
God of all goodness! to the skies
Our hearts in grateful anthems rise;
And to Thy service shall be giv’n
The rest of life—the whole of Heav’n.