We have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. 2 Corinthians 4:7
Words: Philip Doddridge, September 23, 1739. Doddridge wrote this hymn for use in his own church. It was published posthumously in Hymns Founded on Various Texts in the Holy Scriptures, by Job Orton (Shropshire, England: Joshua Eddowes & John Cotton, 1755), number 275:
The Gospel treasure in earthen vessels.
Music: St. Gabriel (Greatorex) Henry W. Greatorex (1813–1858) (🔊 pdf nwc).
If you know when the music was written, or where to get a good picture of Greatorex (head-and-shoulders, at least 200×300 pixels),
How rich Thy bounty, King of kings!
Thy favors how divine!
The blessings which Thy Gospel brings,
How splendidly they shine!
Gold is but dross, and gems but toys,
Should gold and gems compare;
How mean, when set against those joys
Thy poorest servants share!
Yet all these treasures of Thy grace
Are lodged in urns of clay;
And the weak sons of mortal race
Th’immortal gifts convey.
Feebly they lisp Thy glories forth;
Yet grace the victory gives;
Quickly they molder back to earth,
Yet still Thy Gospel lives.
Such wonders power divine effects;
Such trophies God can raise;
His hand from crumbling dust erects
His monuments of praise.