Scripture Verse

How great is Thy goodness, which Thou hast laid up for them that fear Thee; which Thou hast wrought for them that trust in Thee before the sons of men! Psalm 31:19

Introduction

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Hans G. Nägeli
1773–1836

Words: Phi­lip Dodd­ridge (1702–1751). Pub­lished post­hu­mous­ly in Hymns Found­ed on Va­ri­ous Texts in the Ho­ly Scrip­tures, by Job Or­ton (Shrop­shire, Eng­land: Jo­shua Ed­dowes & John Cot­ton, 1755), num­ber 35: Rel­ish­ing the di­vine good­ness. Some hym­nals change the first line to In­dul­gent Lord, Thy good­ness reigns.

Music: Le­ni, Hans G. Nä­ge­li (1773–1836). Ar­ranged by Lo­well Ma­son, 1844 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

  • Frenor in Car­mi­na Sac­ra, by Lo­well Ma­son (Bos­ton Mas­sa­chu­setts: John H. Wil­kins & Ri­chard B. Car­ter, 1844), page 56 (🔊 pdf nwc)
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Philip Doddridge
1702–1751

Lyrics

Triumphant Lord, Thy good­ness reigns
Thro’ all the wide, ce­les­ti­al plains;
And its full streams re­dun­dant flow,
Down to th’abodes of men be­low.

Thro’ na­ture’s works its glo­ries shine;
The cares of pro­vi­dence are Thine;
And grace erects our ru­ined frame,
A fair­er tem­ple to Thy name.

Oh, give to ev­ery human heart
To taste and feel how good Thou art!
With grate­ful love and ho­ly fear,
To know how blest Thy child­ren are.

Let na­ture burst in­to a song,
Ye ec­hoi­ng hills, the note pro­long;
Earth, seas and stars, your an­thems raise,
All vo­cal with your mak­er’s praise.

Ye saints, with joy the theme pur­sue,
Its sweet­est notes be­long to you;
Chose by this con­des­cend­ing King,
For ev­er round His throne to sing.