Scripture Verse

Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will never pass away. Matthew 24:35

Introduction

Words: Ro­bert Grant (1770–1838).

Music: Al­stone Chris­to­pher E. Will­ing, in the Appendix to Hymns An­cient and Mo­dern, 1868 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Will­ing (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

portrait
Robert Grant
(1780–1838)
© National Portrait Gallery

Lyrics

The starry firmament on high,
And all the glories of the sky,
Yet shine not to Thy praise, O Lord,
So brightly as Thy written Word.

The hopes that holy Word supplies,
Its truths divine and precepts wise,
In each a heavenly beam I see,
And every beam conducts to Thee.

Almighty Lord, the sun shall fail,
The moon forget her nightly tale,
And deepest silence hush on high,
The radiant chorus of the sky.

But, fixed, for everlasting years,
Unmoved amid the wreck of spheres,
Thy Word shall shine in cloudless day,
When Heaven and earth have passed away.