1 And are we now brought near to God,
Who once at distance stood?
And, to effect this glorious change,
Did Jesus shed His blood?
2 O for a song of ardent praise,
To bear our souls above!
What should allay our lively hope,
Or damp our flaming love?
3 Then let us join the heavenly choirs,
To praise our heavenly King:
O may that love which spread this boar,
Inspire us while we sing:
4 "Glory to god in highest strains,
And to the earth be peace;
Good-will from heaven to men is come,
And let it never cease."
Source: Hymnal: according to the use of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America #206
And are we now brought near to God. P. Doddridge. [Nearness to God.] In the “P. Doddridge’s manuscript" this hymn is undated, and the text differs from that published by J. Orton in Doddridge's, Hymns, 1755, but whether the alterations were by Doddridge or Orton cannot be determined. The hymn is in 5 stanzas of 4 lines, and entitled, "Nearness to God thro' Christ" In 1839, it was republished by J. Doddridge Humphreys, in Scripture Hymns, by the Rev. Philip Doddridge, D.D., new and corrected edition. The hymn in full is not in common use, but a cento, composed of stanzas i., ii. of the 1755 text, and two additional stanzas, based upon Doddridge's hymn, "High let us swell our tuneful notes" (q. v.), is in somewhat extensive use in America. It appeared in the American Prayer Book Collection, 1826, No. 95, and from thence passed into later hymnals, including the Hymnal of the Protestant Episcopal Church, 1871.
-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)