Scripture Verse

The Lord our God be with us, as He was with our fathers: let Him not leave us, nor forsake us: That He may incline our hearts unto Him, to walk in all His ways, and to keep His commandments, and His statutes, and His judgments, which He commanded our fathers. 1 Kings 8:57–58

Introduction

Words: Sid­ney Dy­er, in A Col­lec­tion of Hymns and a Li­tur­gy for the Use of Ev­an­ge­li­cal Lu­ther­an Church­es, (Phi­la­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia: Ev­an­ge­li­cal Lu­ther­an Sy­nod of the State of New York, 1817), num­ber 421. Pub­lic hu­mil­i­a­tion.

Music: Ab­bots­ford Ca­tho­lische geist­liche Ge­sänge (An­der­nach, Ger­ma­ny: 1608) (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Dy­er (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

Lyrics

Great framer of unnumbered worlds,
And whom unnumbered worlds adore!
Thy goodness all Thy creatures share,
While nature trembles at Thy power.

While suppliant crowds implore Thine aid,
To Thee we raise the humble cry:
Thine altar is the contrite heart,
Thine incense a repentant sigh.

But if injustice grind the poor,
Or avarice stain the sordid hand,
Or stern ambition thirst for blood,
Or rude oppression waste the land:

The God, who hears the orphan’s cry,
The martyr’s prayer, and prisoner’s groan,
Still listening to the poor oppressed,
Would spurn th’oppressor from his throne.

Yet though enormous crimes abound,
Should but a genuine sorrow rise;
And, as new troubles threaten round
’Midst wasting wars and angry skies.

Should, in her sober hour, our land
Confess Thy hand and bless the rod:
Thou still wouldst love to be her friend,
Who loved to own Thee as her God.