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Blush, Atheists, Blush

Blush, atheists, blush, your airy schemes

Author: John Needham
Tune: EMMANUEL (Balle)
Published in 1 hymnal

Printable scores: PDF, Noteworthy Composer
Audio files: MIDI

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1 Blush, atheists, blush, your airy schemes,
Your chance, and atoms, are but dreams:
Science in vain you proudly boast,
In error’s endless mazes lost.

2 Nature survey, the mighty whole
From north to southern distant pole:
Heav’n, earth and seas, and worlds of light
For ages hid from human sight.

3 Say then, could chance this fabric rear
So great, so good, so wondrous fair?
Could chance the heav’nly bodies move,
And in strict order bid them rove?

4 Does chance the various seasons rule,
The blooming spring, the autumn cool?
Bid summer’s heat enrich the year
And winter pinch with frosts severe?

5 Sways chance the empire of the main?
Can chance its proudest waves restrain?
Command the senseless tides to flow?
Of teach the ebb its hour to know?

6 What is all nature but design?
Her works, but skill and power divine?
The God we see in every form,
From the archangel to the worm.

7 The wondrous scale of beings view,
Their nice gradations close pursue;
Deny then, skeptic, if you can
A proper place assigned for man.

8 Man, know thyself, thy rank well know,
And pay the mighty debt you owe;
The God adore, who did inspire
Your frame with an immortal fire.

9 Man, view thy soul, nor let it be
A slave when God would have it free;
Nor be it said that brutes obey,
Whilst man rejects his maker’s sway.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #9491

Author: John Needham

Needham, John, was the son of John Needham, Baptist Minister, of Hitchin, Herts, but the date of his birth is unknown. He would doubtless be educated by his father, who was a tutor and in repute as a learned man. In 1750 Needham became co-pastor with John Beddome at the Baptist meetinghouse in the Pithay, Bristol; but, two years later, Beddome having retired through age, a violent controversy arose in the Church with regard to a continuance of the plan of co-pastorship. As the result, Needham and a number of his friends removed to a Baptist meetinghouse in Callowhill Street, where a Mr. Foot was pastor. For a time the two societies used the same builing at different hours, but in 1755 they were united, with Mr. Needham and Mr. Foot as co-pa… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Blush, atheists, blush, your airy schemes
Title: Blush, Atheists, Blush
Author: John Needham
Source: Hymns Devotional and Moral on Various Subjects (Bristol, England: S. Farley, 1768)
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


The Cyber Hymnal #9491
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