Scripture Verse

The invisible God. Colossians 1:15

Introduction

Words: Ed­ward Os­ler, Church and King 1836, alt.

Music: St. Fla­vi­an Day’s Psal­ter, 1563 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

  • Irish, me­lo­dy from A Col­lect­ion of Hymns and Sac­red Po­ems (Dub­lin, Ire­land: 1749) (🔊 pdf nwc)
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Edward Osler
(1798–1863)

Lyrics

O God, unseen yet ever near,
Thy presence may we feel;
And thus inspired with holy fear,
Before Thine altar kneel.

Here may Thy faithful people know
The blessings of Thy love,
The streams that through the desert flow,
The manna from above.

We come, obedient to Thy Word,
To feast on heav’nly food;
Our meat the body of the Lord,
Our drink His precious blood.

Thus may we all Thy Word obey,
For we, O God, are Thine;
And go rejoicing on our way,
Renewed with strength divine.