Scripture Verse

Sacrifice and offering Thou didst not desire; mine ears hast Thou opened: burnt offering and sin offering hast Thou not required. Psalm 40:6


William Gardiner (1770–1853)
British Museum

Words: From The Psal­ter (Pitts­burgh, Penn­syl­van­ia: Unit­ed Pres­by­ter­ian Board of Pub­li­ca­tion, 1912), num­ber 109.

Music: Bel­mont, Sac­red Me­lo­dies, by Will­iam Gar­di­ner, 1812 (🔊 pdf nwc).


The of­fer­ing on the al­tar burned
Gives no de­light to Thee;
The hear­ing ear, the will­ing heart,
Thou giv­est un­to me.

Then, O my God, I come, I come,
Thy pur­pose to ful­fill;
Thy law is writ­ten in my heart,
’Tis joy to do Thy will.

Before Thy peo­ple I will now
Thy right­eous­ness pro­claim;
Thou know­est, Lord, I will not cease
To praise Thy ho­ly name.

I ne­ver have with­in my heart
Thy faith­ful­ness con­cealed,
But Thy sal­va­tion and Thy truth
To men I have re­vealed.