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Come, O my soul, in sacred lays

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1 Come, O my soul, in sacred lays
Attempt thy great Creator’s praise;
But O! what tongue can speak His fame?
What mortal verse can reach the theme?

2 Enthroned amidst the radiant spheres,
He glory. like a garment wears;
To form a robe of light divine,
Ten thousand suns around Him shine,

3 In all our Maker’s grand designs,
Omnipotence with wisdom shines;
His works, thro’ all this wondrous frame,
Bear the great impress of His name.

4 Rais’d on devotion’s lofty wing,
Do thou, my soul, His glories sing;
And let His praise employ thy tongue
Till listening worlds shall join the song.

Source: Worship and Service #188

Author: Thomas Blacklock

Blacklock, Thomas, D.D., born at Annan, Dumfriesshire, November 10, 1721. He studied at the University of Edinburgh, and was, in 1759, licensed to preach. In 1762 he was ordained pariah minister of Kirkcudbright, but, on account of his blindness, had to resign and retire on an annuity. He went to Edinburgh and there received as boarders University students and boys attending school. In 1767 he received the degree of D.D. from the University of Aberdeen (Marischal College). He was one of the earliest and most helpful literary friends of Robert Burns. He died at Edinburgh July 7, 1791. His Poems were often printed—in 1756 at London, with a Memoir by the Rev. Joseph Spence, Professor of Poetry at Oxford; in 1793, at Edinburgh, with a Memoir… Go to person page >


Come, 0 my soul, in sacred lays. [Omnipotence.] In Miller's Singers and Songs, &c, 1869, p. 228, in Duffield, 1886, p. 109, and in others this hymn is attributed to "Thomas Blacklock" (p. 144, ii.), but in no instance is the statement supported by satisfactory evidence. We have failed to trace it in any of Blacklock's works.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)




First published anonymously in Henry Boyd's Select Collection of Psalm and Hymn Tunes (1793), DUKE STREET was credited to John Hatton (b. Warrington, England, c. 1710; d, St. Helen's, Lancaster, England, 1793) in William Dixon's Euphonia (1805). Virtually nothing is known about Hatton, its composer,…

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