Scripture Verse

Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness. 1 Chronicles 16:29

Introduction

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Maltbie D. Babcock
(1858–1901)

Words: Malt­bie D. Bab­cock, 1901. Like Bab­cock’s fa­mous hymn This Is My Fa­ther’s World, these lyr­ics re­flect his great love of the out­doors.

Music: St. Ve­nan­ti­us Rouen church melody (🔊 pdf nwc).

Lyrics

When the great sun sinks to his rest,
His golden glories thrilling me,
And voiceless longings stir my breast,
Then teach me, Lord, to worship Thee.

And when the stars—the daylight fled—
In serried, shining ranks I see,
Filling the splendid vault o’erhead,
Then teach me, Lord, to worship Thee.

Or if in solemn forest shades
The calm of nature steals o’er me,
And silence all my soul pervades,
Then teach me, Lord, to worship Thee.

If roaming by the ocean’s shore,
The murmuring waves sing low to me,
Or thundering billows hoarsely roar,
Then teach me, Lord, to worship Thee.

Not in the sacred shrines alone,
Which chime their summons unto me,
Would I look upward to Thy throne,
But everywhere would worship Thee.