All-glorious God, what hymns of praise

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This is an hymn by Philip Doddridge, written in December 1736 (Julian 1907), published in 1755 in the posthumous collection of his hymns. Meter is 88. 88 (L.M.).

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Doddridge, Hymns Founded on Various Texts, 1755

1. All-glorious God, what hymns of praise
Shall our transported voices raise?
What flaming love and zeal is due,
While heaven stands open to our view!

2. Once we were fallen, and O how low!
Just on the brink of endless woe:
Doomed to a heritage in hell,
Where sinners all in darkness dwell.

3. But lo, a ray of cheerful light
Scatters the horrid shades of night!
Lo, what triumphant grace is shown
To souls impoverished and undone!

4. Far, far beyond these mortal shores,
A bright inheritance is ours;
Where saints in light our coming wait
To share their holy, blissful state.

5. If ready dressed for heaven we shine,
Thine are the robes, the crown is thine:
May endless years their course prolong,
While "Thine the praise" is all our song.

 

Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs, Boston, 1808

1. All glorious God, what hymns of praise
Shall our transported voices raise;
What ardent love and zeal are due,
While heaven stands open to our view?

2. Once we were fallen, O how low!
Just on the brink of endless woe;
When Jesus, from the realms above,
Borne on the wings of boundless love,

3. Scattered the shades of death and night,
And spread around his heavenly light;
By him, what wondrous grace is shown
To souls impoverished and undone!

4. He shows, beyond these mortal shores,
A bright inheritance, is ours;
Where saints in light our coming wait.
To share their holy happy state.

 

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