Scripture Verse

I have no need of a bull from your stall or of goats from your pens, for every animal of the forest is Mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills. Psalm 50:9–10


Isaac Watts (1674–1748)

Words: Is­aac Watts, The Psalms of Da­vid 1719. Obe­di­ence is bet­ter than sac­ri­fice.

Music: Cor­nell John H. Cor­nell (1828–1894) (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know when the mu­sic was writ­ten, or where to get a good pho­to of Cor­nell (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


Thus saith the Lord, “The spacious fields,
And flocks, and herds, are Mine;
O’er all the cattle of the hills
I claim a right divine.

“I ask no sheep for sacrifice,
Nor bullocks burnt with fire;
To hope and love, to pray and praise,
Is all that I require.

“Call upon Me when trouble’s near,
My hand shall set thee free;
Then shall thy thankful lips declare
The honor due to Me.

The man that offers humble praise,
He glorifies Me best;
And those that tread My holy ways
Shall My sal­va­tion taste.