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Thou wast O God and thou wast blest

“Thou wast, O God, and thou was blest
Before the world begun;
Of thine eternity possest
Before time’s glass did run.
Thou needest none thy praise to sing,
As if thy joy could fade:
Couldst thou have needed any thing,
Thou couldst have nothing made.

“Great and good God, it pleaseth thee
Thy Godhead to declare;
And what thy goodness did decree,
Thy greatness did prepare:
Thou spak’st, and heaven and earth appeared,
And answered to thy call;
As if their Maker’s voice they Heard,
Which is the creature’s All.

“Thou spak’st the word, most mighty Lord;
Thy word went forth with speed:
Thy will, O Lord, it was thy word;
Thy word is was thy deed.
Thou brought’st forth Adam from the ground,
And Eve out of his side:
Thy blessing made the earth abound
With these two multiplied

“Thou three great leaves, heaven, sea, and land,
Thy name is figures show;
Brutes feel the bounty of thy hand,
But I my Maker know.
Should not I here thy servant be,
Whose creatures serve me here?
My Lord, whom should I fear but thee,
Who am thy creatures’ fear?

“To whom, Lord, should I sing but thee,
The Maker of my tongue?
Lo! other lords would seize on me,
But I to thee belong,
As waters haste unto their sea,
And earth unto its earth,
So let my soul return to thee,
From whom it had its birth.

“But, ah! I’m fallen in the night,
And cannot come to thee:
yet speak the word, ’Let there be light,’
It shall enlighten me.
And let thy word, most mighty Lord,
Thy fallen creature raise:
Oh! make me o’er again, and I
Shall sing my Maker’s praise.”

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Meter: 8 6 8 6 D (D.C.M.)
      Bible Refs:
      Hymn/Song Book Year Song #
      1925# 382
      1931# 675
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