Scripture Verse

The earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea. Isaiah 11:9


Words: Ben­ja­min Bed­dome (1717–1795). Pub­lished post­hu­mous­ly in Hymns Adapt­ed to Pub­lic Wor­ship (Lon­don: Bu­rton & Briggs, 1818), num­ber 701. Un­ion to Spread the Gos­pel.

Music: Mis­sion­a­ry Chant Hein­rich C. Zeu­ner, 1832 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tunes:

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


Where’er the blustering north wind blows,
And spreads its frosts or fleecy snows;
Where’er the sun with quickening ray,
Shines all abroad and gives the day—

Where’er the lesser orbs of light
Dart forth their beams and gild the night,
There may His heralds loud proclaim,
The Savior’s love, the Savior’s name.

In work so pleasing, so benign,
Let all the saints in concert join;
A name so great, a love so strong,
In every world demands a song.