Scripture Verse

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


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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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.