There is one man in our congregation that I can say loves old hymns even more than I do. He’s got a Ph.D. in English Literature or something comparable, and he’s often firing off emails with obscure hymns. He led me to these two. I love them, and someone needs to put a new tune to these bad boys so the church doesn’t lose them:
“God in the Gospel of His Son”
Words: Benjamin Beddome, 1787 (verses 1-2); Thomas Cotterill, 1819 (verses 3-5)
God, in the Gospel of His Son,
Makes His eternal counsels known;
Where love in all its glory shines,
And truth is drawn in fairest lines.
Here sinners of a humble frame
May taste His grace, and learn His Name;
May read, in characters of blood,
The wisdom, power, and grace of God.
The prisoner here may break his chains;
The weary rest from all his pains;
The captive feel his bondage cease;
The mourner find the way of peace.
Here faith reveals to mortal eyes
A brighter world beyond the skies;
Here shines the light which guides our way
From earth to realms of endless day.
O grant us grace, Almighty Lord,
To read and mark Thy holy Word;
Its truths with meekness to receive,
And by Its holy precepts live.
“To Thy Temple I Repair”
Words: James Montgomery, 1812
To Thy temple I repair;
Lord, I love to worship there
When within the veil I meet
Christ before the mercy-seat.
I through Him am reconciled,
I through Him become Thy child.
Abba, Father, give me grace
In Thy courts to seek Thy face.
While Thy glorious praise is sung,
Touch my lips, unloose my tongue,
That my joyful soul may bless
Christ the Lord, my Righteousness.
While the prayers of saints ascend,
God of Love, to mine attend.
Hear me, for Thy Spirit pleads;
Hear, for Jesus intercedes.
While I hearken to Thy Law,
Fill my soul with humble awe
Till Thy Gospel bring to me
Life and immortality.
While Thy ministers proclaim
Peace and pardon in Thy name,
Through their voice, by faith, may I
Hear Thee speaking from the sky.
From Thy house when I return,
May my heart within me burn
And at evening let me say,
“I have walked with God today.”