Scripture Verse

My heart standeth in awe of Thy Word. Psalm 119:161


William Gardiner (1770–1853)
British Museum

Words: From the Exe­ter Col­lect­ion. Ju­li­an lists two hymns by this ti­tle: One by John Thomp­son (1783–1818), which ap­peared in Asp­land’s Col­lect­ion in 1810, & an­oth­er by Ot­ti­well He­gin­bo­thom (1744–1768) (some­times giv­en as Now Let My Soul, Eter­nal King). Ju­li­an des­cribes He­gin­bo­thom’s ver­sion as Praise of the Gos­pel, which seems to fit the words shown be­low.

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Music: Ger­ma­ny Sac­red Me­lo­dies, by Will­iam Gar­di­ner, 1815 (🔊 pdf nwc).


To Thee, my heart, eter­nal King,
Would now its thankful tribute bring;
To Thee its humble homage raise
In songs of ardent, grateful, praise.

All nature shows Thy boundless love,
In worlds below and worlds above;
But in Thy blessèd Word I trace
The richer glories of Thy grace.

Here what delightful truths are giv’n;
Here Je­sus shows the way to Heav’n;
His name salutes my listening ear,
Revives my heart, and checks my fear.

For love like this, O may our song
Through endless years Thy praise prolong;
And distant climes Thy name adore,
Till time and nature are no more.