Scripture Verse

All Thy works shall praise Thee, O Lord; and Thy saints shall bless Thee. Psalm 145:10


John C. Adams (1849–1922)

Words: John C. Ad­ams, in Hymns for Schools and Col­leg­es, ed­it­ed by Mark­ham W. Stack­pole & Jo­seph N. Ash­ton (Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts: Ginn, 1913), num­ber 1756.

Music: Wal­tham (Cal­kin) John B. Cal­kin, 1872 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Cal­kin (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), or a bet­ter one of Ad­ams,

John B. Calkin (1827–1905)


We praise Thee, God, for har­vests earned,
The fruits of la­bor gar­nered in;
But praise Thee more for soil un­turned
From which the yield is yet to win!

We praise Thee for the har­bor’s lee,
And moor­ings safe in wa­ters still;
But more for leagues of op­en sea,
Where fa­vor­ing gales our can­vas fill.

We praise Thee for the con­flicts won,
For cap­tured strong­holds of the foe;
But more for fields where­on the sun
Lights us when we to bat­tle go.

We praise Thee for life’s ga­thered gains,
And bless­ings in our cup that brim;
But more for pledge of what re­mains
Past the ho­ri­zon’s ut­most rim!