Scripture Verse

God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, hath in these last days spoken unto us by His Son, whom He hath appointed Heir of all things, by whom also He made the worlds. Hebrews 1:1

Introduction

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Isaac Watts
(1674–1748)

Words: Is­aac Watts, Hymns and Spir­it­u­al Songs, Book 1, 1707, num­ber 53. The Ho­ly Scri­ptures.

Music: Ar­i­zo­na Ro­bert H. Earn­shaw, in The Book of Praise (To­ron­to, On­tar­io: Ox­ford Un­i­ver­si­ty Press, 1918) (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

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

Lyrics

God, who in various methods told
His mind and will to saints of old,
Sent down His Son, with truth and grace,
To teach us in these latter days.

Our nation reads the written Word,
That book of life, that sure record:
The bright inheritance of Heav’n
Is by the sweet conveyance giv’n.

God’s kindest thoughts are here expressed,
Able to make us wise and blessed;
The doctrines are divinely true,
Fit for reproof and comfort, too.

Ye British isles, who read His love
In long epistles from above,
(He hath not sent His sacred Word
To every land) praise ye the Lord.