In the beginning, God said "Be!"
And all things were,--heaven, earth, and sea:
God, in the end, once more will say,
"Perish!" and all shall pass away.
But Thou, O Lord! for ever art:
The orb of Thine eternity
Is one great whole, without a part;
Past, present, future, meet in Thee.
Convinced of sin, my soul would bend
Before Thee in the lowest dust;
Yet to Thy Throne by prayer ascend,
With trembling awe and childlike trust.
O look in loving-kindness down
On a frail worm with Thee at strife;
Eternal death were in Thy frown,
Thy smile will be eternal life!
Sacred Poems and Hymns
In the beginning God said "Be!" J. Montgomery. [Creation.] This hymn is dated in the original manuscript "Written at Dinsdale, Sep. 22, 1835." In 1853 it was included in Montgomery's Original Hymns, No. 2, in 4 stanzas of 4 lines, and entitled "The Creation and Dissolution of all Things." Its use is limited.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)