Scripture Verse

Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honor, and glory, and blessing. Revelation 5:12


Words: Wal­ter Shir­ley, in A Se­lect Col­lec­tion of Hymns by the Count­ess of Hunt­ing­don, cir­ca 1773, page 312.

Music: Sho­el, in A Com­pil­a­tion of Gen­u­ine Church Mu­sic, by Jo­seph Funk (Win­ches­ter, Vir­gin­ia: J. W. Holl­is, 1832) (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Funk (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

Walter Shirley
© National Portrait Gallery


Worthy the Lamb of boundless sway,
In earth or Heav’n the Lord of all;
Ye princes, rulers, powers, obey,
And low before His footstool fall.

The deed was done; the Lamb was slain;
The groaning earth the burden bore:
He rose, He lives; He lives to reign,
Nor time shall shake His endless power.

Riches and all that deck the great,
From worlds unnumbered hither bring;
The tribute pour before His seat,
And hail the triumphs of our king.

Wisdom and strength are His alone,
He raised the top-stone, shouting Grace;
Honor has built His lofty throne,
And glory shines upon His face.

From Heav’n, from earth, loud bursts of praise
The mighty blessings shall proclaim;
Blessings that earth to glory raise;
The purchase of the wounded Lamb.

Higher, still higher, swell the strain;
Creation’s voice the note prolong;
The Lamb shall ever, ever reign:
Let hallelujahs crown the song.

The hymn was preceded by this paragraph, which seems to be introductory, as it does not fit the meter of the subsequent stanzas:

From Heav’n the loud, th’angelic song began;
It shook the skies, and reached astonished man;
By man re-echoed, it shall mount again,
While fragrant odors fill the blissful plain.