O God, though countless worlds of light

O God, though countless worlds of light

Author: J. D. Knowles
Tune: DUNDEE (Ravenscroft)
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1. O God, though countless worlds of light,
Thy power and glory show,
Though round Thy throne, above all height,
Immortal seraphs glow—

2. Yet, Lord, where’er Thy saints apart
Are met for praise and prayer,
Wherever sighs a contrite heart,
Thou, gracious God, art there.

3. With grateful joy, Thy children rear
This temple, Lord, to Thee;
Long may they sing Thy praises here,
And here Thy beauty see.

4. Here, Savior, deign Thy saints to meet;
With peace their hearts to fill;
And here, like Sharon’s odors sweet,
May grace divine distill.

5. Here may Thy truth fresh triumphs win;
Eternal Spirit, here.
In many a heart now dead in sin,
A living temple rear.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #4916

Author: J. D. Knowles

Knowles, James Davis, an American Baptist Minister, was born at Providence, Rhode Island, 1798; educated at Columbian College; became pastor of the 2nd Baptist Church, Boston, 1825, and Professor at Newton Theological Institute, 1832. He died in 1838. His hymn, "O God, through countless worlds of light" (Dedication of a Place of Worship), appeared in the Baptist Psalmist, 1843; the Methodist Episcopal Hymns, 1849, &c. [Rev. F. M. Bird, M.A.] --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)… Go to person page >

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First Line: O God, though countless worlds of light
Author: J. D. Knowles


DUNDEE (Ravenscroft)

DUNDEE first appeared in the 1615 edition of the Scottish Psalter published in Edinburgh by Andro Hart. Called a "French" tune (thus it also goes by the name of FRENCH), DUNDEE was one of that hymnal's twelve "common tunes"; that is, it was not associated with a specific psalm. In the Psalter Hymnal…

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