Scripture Verse

Open Thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of Thy law. Psalm 119:18


Alexandre R. Vinet (1799–1847)

Words: Al­ex­andre R. Vi­net (1799–1847). Trans­lat­ed from French to Eng­lish by Ri­chard B. Hoyle (1875–1939).

Music: Ves­per (Cot­tage) in Cot­tage Me­lo­dies, by Will­iam B. Brad­bu­ry & Syl­ves­ter Main (New York: Carl­ton & Por­ter, 1859) (🔊 pdf nwc).

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


My Sav­ior and my Lord,
To Thee I lift mine eyes;
Instruct me by Thy holy Word,
And make me truly wise.

Be it my chief delight
To read this volume o’er;
To seek its author day and night,
And love Thee more and more.

May this my thoughts engage,
In each perplexing case;
Help me to feed on every page,
And grow in every grace.

O let it cleanse my heart,
And guide me all my days;
Its wonders, Lord, to me impart,
And Thou shalt have the praise.