Scripture Verse

Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the Lord.@Psalm 4:5
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John Wesley
(1703–1791)

Words: Au­gust G. Span­gen­berg, in the Ap­pen­dix to the Mo­ra­vi­an Ge­sang-Buch, 1737, num­ber 1004 (Der Kö­nig ruht, und schau­et doch). Trans­lat­ed from Ger­man to Eng­lish by John Wes­ley, Hymns and Sac­red Po­ems, 1742. The orig­in­al trans­la­tion be­gan High on His Ev­er­last­ing Throne. The stan­zas be­low are from the 1780 Wes­ley­an Hymn Book.

Music: An­gels’ Song Or­lan­do Gib­bons (1583–1625) (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Orlando Gibbons
(1583–1625)

What shall we offer our good Lord,
Poor nothings! for His boundless grace!
Fain would we His great name record,
And worthily set forth His praise.

Great object of our growing love,
To whom our more than all we owe,
Open the fountain from above,
And let it our full souls o’erflow.

So shall our lives Thy power proclaim,
Thy grace for every sinner free;
Till all mankind shall learn Thy name,
Shall all stretch out their hands to Thee.

Open a door which earth and hell
May strive to shut, but strive in vain;
Let Thy Word richly in us dwell,
And let our gracious fruit remain.

O multiply the sower’s seed!
And fruit we every hour shall bear,
Throughout the world Thy Gospel spread,
Thy everlasting truth declare.

We all, in perfect love renewed,
Shall know the greatness of Thy power;
Stand in the temple of our God,
As pillars, and go out no more.