Scripture Verse

Praise Him according to His excellent greatness. Psalm 150:2


John Fawcett (1740–1817)
National Portrait Gallery


Words: John Faw­cett, Hymns Adapt­ed to the Cir­cum­stanc­es of Pub­lic Wor­ship and Pri­vate De­vo­tion (Leeds, England: G. Wright & Son, 1782), num­ber 42.

Music: An­drews John Black (1817–1871) (🔊 pdf nwc).

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


Infinite ex­cel­lence Is Thine
Thou love­ly Prince of grace!
Thy un­cre­at­ed beau­ties shine
With ne­ver-fad­ing rays.

Sinners from earth’s re­mot­est end
Come bend­ing at Thy feet;
To Thee their pray­ers and vows as­cend;
In Thee their wish­es meet.

Thy name as pre­cious oint­ment shed,
Delights the Church around;
Sweetly the sac­red odor spreads
Through all Im­ma­nu­el’s ground.

Millions of hap­py spir­its live
On Thy ex­haust­less store;
From Thee they all their bliss re­ceive,
And still Thou giv­est more.

Thou are their tri­umph and their joy,
They find their all in Thee;
Thy glo­ries will their tongues em­ploy
To all eter­ni­ty.