Scripture Verse

Thy Word have I hid in my heart. Psalm 119:11

Introduction

Words: John Bur­ton, Sr., Youth’s Mon­i­tor in Verse, 1803.

Music: Alet­ta Will­iam B. Brad­bu­ry, Ju­bi­lee (New York: 1858) (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

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

portrait
William B. Bradbury
(1816–1868)

Lyrics

Holy Bible, Book divine,
Precious treasure, thou art mine;
Mine to tell me whence I came;
Mine to teach me what I am.

Mine to chide me when I rove;
Mine to show a Savior’s love;
Mine thou art to guide and guard;
Mine to punish or reward.

Mine to comfort in distress;
Suffering in this wilderness;
Mine to show, by living faith,
Man can triumph over death.

Mine to tell of joys to come,
And the rebel sinner’s doom;
O thou holy Book divine,
Precious treasure, thou art mine.

Burton’s original text:

Holy Bible, book Divine,
Precious treasure, thou art mine;
Mine to tell me whence I came;
Mine to teach me what I am.

Mine to chide me when I rove;
Mine to show a Saviour’s love;
Mine art thou to guide my feet;
Mine to judge, condemn, acquit.

Mine to comfort in distress;
If the Holy Spirit bless;
Mine to shew, by living faith,
Man can triumph over death.

Mine to tell of joys to come,
And the rebel sinner’s doom;
Holy Bible, book Divine,
Precious treasure, thou art mine.

Ed­win O. Ex­cell wrote the fol­low­ing refrain in 1900, to be used with his tune Book Di­vine (🔊 pdf nwc):

Mine, mine, book divine,
Precious treasure, thou art mine;
O thou holy book divine,
Precious treasure, thou art mine!