Scripture Verse

Filled with wisdom and the grace of God. Luke 2:40


Samuel Stennett (1727–1795)

Words: Sam­uel Sten­nett, in A Se­lect­ion of Hymns from the Best Au­thors, by John Rip­pon, 1787.

Music: Pe­ter­bo­rough (Har­ris­on) Ralph Har­ris­on, 1786 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Har­ris­on (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


What wisdom, majesty and grace
Through all the Gos­pel shine!
’Tis God that speaks, and we confess
The doctrine most divine.

Down from His starry throne on high,
Th’al­migh­ty Sav­ior comes;
Lays His bright robes of glo­ry by,
And feeble flesh assumes.

The mighty debt that sinners owed,
Upon the cross He pays;
Then through the clouds ascends to God,
’Midst shouts of loftiest praise.

There He, our great high priest, appears,
Before His Fa­ther’s throne;
Mingles His merits with our tears,
And pours sal­va­tion down.