Beginning at Moses and all the prophets, He expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning Himself. Luke 24:27
Words: Joseph Irons, Zion’s Hymns (Saffron Walden, England: G. Youngman, 1816).
Music: Northridge Hart P. Danks, in Heart and Voice, edited by William F. Sherwin (Cincinnati, Ohio/New York: John Church, 1881), number 12 (🔊 pdf nwc).
If you know where to get a good picture of Irons (head-and-shoulders, at least 200×300 pixels), or a better one of Danks,
Precious Bible! what a store
For the sons of men t’explore;
Precious Christ! it speaks of Thee,
Give us eyes Thyself to see.
Precious Bible! what a friend
All my footsteps to attend;
All my wants it can supply,
For it brings the Savior nigh.
Precious Bible, what a field!
Precious fruits its furrows yield;
Wide extent and fertile ground,
Verdant pastures here are found.
Precious Bible, what a mine!
Full of promises divine;
I would all Thy wealth explore,
And Thy author, God, adore.