87. Nature with open volume stands

1 Nature with open volume stands
To spread her Maker's praise abroad,
And every labour of his hands
Shows something worthy of a God.

2 But in the grace that rescued man
His brightest form of glory shines;
Here on the Cross 'tis fairest drawn
In precious blood and crimson lines.

3 Here his whole Name appears complete;
Nor wit can guess, nor reason prove
Which of the letters best is writ,
The Power, the Wisdom, or the Love.

4 O the sweet wonders of that Cross
Where Christ our Saviour loved, and died!
Her noblest life my spirit draws
From his dear wounds and bleeding side.

5 I would for ever speak his Name
In sounds to mortal ears unknown,
With angels join to praise the Lamb,
And worship at his Father's throne.

Text Information
First Line: Nature with open volume stands
Author: Isaac Watts, 1674-1748
Meter: LM
Language: English
Publication Date: 1986
Topic: The Christian Year: Passiontide
Tune Information
Composer: J. S. Bach, 1685-1750
Adapter: John Wilson, b. 1905
Meter: LM
Key: F Major
Source: Schemelli's Gesangbuch, 1736
Copyright: Adapt. by permission of Oxford University Press

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