Saturday, February 25, 2006

A Haykin on Beddome / A Hymn by Beddome

Michael Haykin had several interesting posts on Benjamin Beddome this past week. Reading them reminded me of a hymn we like to sing at GFC , the first two verses of which were penned by Beddome:

God, in the Gospel of His Son

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.

Words: Verses 1 & 2, Ben­ja­min Bed­dome, 1787, alt.; verses 3-5, Thomas Cotterill, 1819. Music: “Germany,” Will­iam Gardiner’s Sac­red Mel­o­dies, 1815