Scripture Verse

The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. Genesis 1:2

Introduction

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Johann Crüger
(1598–1662)

Words: Sam­u­el Wes­ley, Jr., Po­ems on Se­ver­al Oc­ca­sions (Lon­don: E. Say, 1736), pag­es 4–6.

Music: Grä­fen­berg Jo­hann Crü­ger, Prax­is Pi­e­ta­tis Me­li­ca, 1647 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Samuel Wesley, Jr.
(1690–1739)

Lyrics

Hail, Holy Ghost! Jehovah! Third
In order of the Three;
Sprung from the Father and the Word
From all eternity!

Thy Godhead brooding o’er th’abyss
Of formless waters lay;
Spoke into order all that is,
And darkness into day.

In lowest hell, or Heaven’s height,
Thy presence who can fly?
Known is the Father to Thy sight,
The depths of deity.

Thy power thro’ Jesu’s life displayed
Quite from the virgin’s womb,
Dying, His soul an offering made,
And raised Him from the tomb.

God’s image, which our sins destroy,
Thy grace restores below,
And truth and holiness and joy
From Thee their Fountain flow.

Hail, Holy Ghost! Jehovah! Third
In order of the Three,
Throned with the Father and the Word,
Through all eternity.