Scripture Verse

Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Thy kingdom. Hebrews 1:8

Introduction

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John Berridge
(1716–1793)

Words: John Ber­ridge, Si­on’s Songs (Lon­don: Vall­ance & Con­der, 1785), num­ber 68.

Music: St. Bride Sam­u­el How­ard, 1762 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Lyrics

Tho’ scorners Thee defy,
And proud blasphemers roar,
Thy throne, O Jesus, God most high,
Endureth evermore!

Thine hands a scepter hold,
Which only God can grasp;
Which wisdom swayed all times of old,
And truth and mercy clasp.

Thou lovest righteousness,
And will uphold its seat,
And daring sinners, great or less,
Shall perish at Thy feet.

Thy subject I would be,
And willing made by grace,
A servant waiting here on Thee,
Till called to see Thy face.