1 Before the Lord's eternal throne,
ye nations, bow with sacred joy;
know that the Lord is God alone,
he can create, and he destroy.
2 His sovereign power, without our aid,
formed us of clay and gave us breath;
and when like wandering sheep we strayed,
he saved us from the power of death.
3 We are his people, we his care,
our souls, and all our mortal frame:
what lasting honors shall we rear,
almighty Maker, to thy Name?
4 We'll crowd thy gates with thankful songs,
high as the heavens our voices raise;
and earth, with her ten thousand tongues,
shall fill thy courts with joyful praise.
5 Wide as the world is thy command,
vast as eternity thy love;
firm as a rock thy truth must stand
when rolling years shall cease to move.
|First Line:||Before the Lord's eternal throne|
|Author:||Isaac Watts, 1674-1748|
|Harmonizer:||William Henry Monk, 1823-1889|