Scripture Verse

We speak the wisdom of God. 1 Corinthians 2:7

Introduction

illustration
Vision of St. John the Evangelist
Jacobello Alberegno (?–1397)

Words: Ben­ja­min Bed­dome (1717–1795). Pub­lished post­hu­mous­ly in Hymns Adapt­ed to Pub­lic Wor­ship (Lon­don: Bu­rton & Briggs, 1818), num­ber 284. Won­ders of Re­demp­tion.

Music: Mar­low John Che­tham, Book of Psal­mo­dy, 1718 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Bed­dome or Che­tham (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

Lyrics

How great the wis­dom, pow­er and grace,
Which in re­demp­tion shine!
Angels and men with joy con­fess,
The work is all di­vine.

Myriads of spir­its round the throne,
Behold with won­der­ing eyes,
God’s holy, un­de­fil­èd One
Once made a sac­ri­fice

Beneath His feet they cast their crowns,
Those crowns which Je­sus gave,
And, with ten thou­sand thou­sand tongues,
Proclaim His pow­er to save.

They tell the tri­umphs of His cross,
The suf­fer­ings which He bore;
How low He stooped, how high He rose,
And rose to stoop no more.

Oh let them still their voic­es raise,
And still their songs re­new;
Salvation well de­serves the praise
Of men, and an­gels, too.