Scripture Verse

The blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords. 1 Timothy 6:15

Introduction

Words: John Quarles, Di­vine Me­di­ta­tions up­on Se­ver­al Sub­jects (Lon­don: 1655). Adapt­ed by Tho­mas Dar­ling, 1857.

Music: Lei­ces­ter (Bi­shop) John Bi­shop (1655–1737) (🔊 pdf nwc).

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John Quarles
(1624–1665)

Lyrics

O King of kings, before whose throne
The angels bow, no gift can we
Present that is indeed our own,
Since Heaven and earth belong to Thee;
Yet this our souls through grace impart,
The offering of a thankful heart.

O Jesu, set at God’s right hand,
With Thine eternal Father plead
For all Thy loyal-hearted band,
Who still on earth Thy succor need:
For them in weakness strength provide,
And through the world their footsteps guide.

O Holy Spirit, fount of breath,
Whose comforts never fail nor fade,
Vouchsafe the life that knows no death,
Vouchsafe the light that knows no shade;
And grant that we may through all our days
May share Thy gifts, and sing Thy praise.