294. Nature with Open Volume Stands

1 Nature with open volume stands
to spread her Maker's praise abroad;
and ev'ry labor of his hands
shows something worthy of a God.

2 But in the grace that saved the world
his brightest form of glory shines;
see on the cross the tale unfold,
in precious blood, and crimson lines.

3 Here his whole name appears complete,
nor wit can guess, nor reason prove,
which of the letters best is writ,
the power, the wisdom, or the love.

4 O the sweet wonders of that cross
where Christ my Savior loved and died!
Her noblest life my spirit draws
from his dear wounds and bleeding side.

5 I would forever speak his name
in sounds to mortal ears unknown,
with angels join to praise the Lamb,
and worship at his Father's throne.

Text Information
First Line: Nature with open volume stands
Title: Nature with Open Volume Stands
Author: Isaac Watts (1707)
Publication Date: 1985
Meter: LM
Scripture: Romans 1:20; 1 Corinthians 1:24
Topic: Jesus Christ: Passion and Cross
Language: English
Tune Information
Name: ELTHAM
Harmonizer: S. S. Wesley (1872)
Meter: LM
Key: e minor or modal
Source: N. Gawthorne's Harmonia Perfecta (1730) (melody)



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