Scripture Verse

What is man, that Thou shouldest magnify him, and that Thou shouldest set Thine heart upon him? Job 7:17

Introduction

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Henry Carey
(1687–1743)

Words: Charles Wes­ley, Hymns and Sac­red Po­ems 1749.

Music: Car­ey’s Sur­rey Hen­ry Car­ey, 1723. Har­mo­ny from The Eng­lish Hym­nal (Lon­don: Ox­ford Un­i­ver­si­ty Press, 1906), num­ber 491 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Charles Wesley
(1707–1788)

The first verse has giv­en a voice to ma­ny a grate­ful heart in the re­view of God’s mer­cies. The Rev. Jo­seph Agar of­ten quot­ed it; and the Rev. W. J. Shrews­bu­ry, who died in 1866, made his last ap­pear­ance in pub­lic on a mis­sion­ary plat­form at Gros­ve­nor Street, where he be­gan his brief ad­dress with the first verse of this hymn.

Telford, p. 236

Lyrics

What am I, O Thou glorious God!
And what my father’s house to Thee,
That Thou such mercies hast bestowed
On me, the chief of sinners, me!
I take the blessing from above,
And wonder at Thy boundless love.

Me in my blood Thy love passed by,
And stopped, my ruin to retrieve;
Wept o’er my soul Thy pitying eye,
Thy bowels yearned, and sounded Live!
Dying, I heard the welcome sound,
And pardon in Thy mercy found.

Honor, and might, and thanks, and praise,
I render to my pardoning God,
Extol the riches of Thy grace,
And spread Thy saving name abroad,
That only name to sinners giv’n,
Which lifts poor dying worms to Heav’n.

Jesus, I bless Thy gracious power,
And all within me shouts Thy name;
Thy name let every soul adore,
Thy power let every tongue proclaim;
Thy grace let every sinner know,
And find with me their heaven below.