Blest be the goodness and the power,
The wisdom and the grace,
Which joined in counsel to restore,
And save a ruined race.
Our father ate forbidden fruit,
And from his glory fell;
And we, his children, thus were brought
to death, and near to hell.
Blest be the Lord, who sent his Son,
His mercy to display;
To make his glorious Gospel known,
And point to heaven the way.
Freely he died for us, that we
Might live in bliss above;
And there enjoy, eternally,
The blessings of his love.
Behold him rising from the grave,
Behold him raised on high;
He pleads his merits there, to save
Transgressors doomed to die.
There on a glorious throne he reigns,
And by his power divine,
Redeems us from the slavish chains
Of Satan and of sin.
Thence Jesus will to judgment come,
And with a sovereign voice
Will call, and break up every tomb,
While waking saints rejoice.
O may I then with joy appear
Before the Judge's face;
And with the blest assembly there
Sing God's redeeming grace!
Source: Divine Songs for Children #III