Scripture Verse

Unto Me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear. Isaiah 45:23

Introduction

Words: Ab­el C. Tho­mas, in the Un­i­ver­sal­ist Hymn Book, third ed­i­tion, ed­it­ed by George Ro­gers (Cin­cin­na­ti, Ohio: R. P. Brooks, 1843), num­ber 660.

Music: Ban­nock­burn, anon­y­mous, 1876 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

If you know the com­pos­er, or where to get a good pic­ture of him (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

portrait
Abel C. Thomas
(1807–1880)

Lyrics

Thou, whose wide extended sway
Suns and systems e’er obey!
Thou, our guardian and our stay,
Grace and peace impart;
May Thy word its power display,
And Thy love-enkindling ray
Warm, enlighten, and assay
Every waiting heart.

Thine we are, and humbly we
Lift the voice and bend the knee!
Thou art worthy, and shalt be
Evermore adored:
In prospective, Lord, we see
Jew and Gentile, bond and free,
Reconciled in Christ to Thee,
Holy, holy Lord!

Thou by all shalt be confessed,
Ever blessing, ever blest,
When to Thy eternal rest,
In the courts above,
Thou shalt bring the sore oppressed;
Fill each joy-desiring breast;
Make of each a welcome guest,
At the feast of love.

When destroying death shall die,
Hushed be every rising sigh,
Tears be wiped from every eye,
Never more to fall;
Then shall praises fill the sky,
And angelic hosts shall cry,
Holy, holy, Lord, most high,
Thou art all in all!