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.