Scripture Verse

Before Abraham was, I am. John 8:58

Introduction

Words: Sam­u­el Wes­ley, Jr., Po­ems on Se­ver­al Oc­ca­sions (Lon­don: E. Say, 1736), pag­es 3–4.

Music: Abridge Is­aac Smith, Col­lect­ion of Psalm Tunes in Three Parts 1770 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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

portrait
Samuel Wesley, Jr.
(1690–1739)

Lyrics

Hail, God the Son, in glory crowned,
Ere time began to be;
Throned with Thy Sire, through half the round
Of vast eternity!

Let Heaven, and earth’s stupendous frame
Display their author’s power;
And each exalted seraph-flame
Creator, Thee adore.

Thy wondrous love the Godhead showed
Contracted to a span—
The co-eternal Son of God,
The mortal Son of man.

To save us from our lost estate,
Behold His life-blood stream:
Hail Lord, almighty to create,
Almighty to redeem!

The Mediator’s God-like sway
His Church below sustains;
Till nature shall her judge survey,
The King Messiah reigns.

Hail, with essential glory crowned,
When time shall cease to be;
Throned with Thy Father, through the round
Of whole eternity!