Scripture Verse

It is more blessed to give than to receive. Acts 20:35


Words: Vers­es 1–2 pos­si­bly by Ri­chard Glo­ver, vi­car of St. Luke’s, West Hol­lo­way, Lon­don, 1889, alt. Verse 3 by Lu­la K. Zahn, in Great Songs of the Church, ed­it­ed by El­mer L. Jor­gen­son (Lou­is­ville, Ken­tuc­ky: Word and Work, 1921), num­ber 327. The words com­pare two lakes in the Mid­east: the Sea of Ga­li­lee and the Dead Sea.

Music: I See Thee Stand­ing, an­on­y­mous (🔊 pdf nwc).

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

The Dead Sea
Israel Tourism (resized), CC BY 2.0


There is a sea which day by day
Receives the rippling rills;
And streams that spring from wells of God,
Or fall from cedared hills.
But what it thus receives, it gives
With glad, unsparing hand;
A stream more wide, with deeper tide,
Flows on to lower land.

There is a sea which day by day
Receives a fuller tide;
But all its store it keeps, nor gives
To shore nor sea beside.
It’s Jordan’s stream, now turned to brine,
Like heavy, molten lead;
Its dreadful name doth e’er proclaim,
That sea is waste and dead.

Which shall it be for you and me
Who God’s good gifts obtain?
Shall we accept for self alone,
Or take, to give again?
For He who once was rich indeed
Laid all His glory down;
That by His grace our ransomed race
Should share His wealth and crown.