Ere God had built the mountainsAuthor: William Cowper
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1. Ere God had built the mountains,
Or raised the fruitful hills;
Before He filled the fountains
That feed the running rills;
In me from everlasting,
The wonderful I Am,
Found pleasures never wasting,
And Wisdom is my name.
2. When, like a tent to dwell in,
He spread the skies abroad,
And swathed about the swelling
Of Ocean’s mighty flood;
He wrought by weight and measure,
And I was with Him then:
Myself the Father’s pleasure,
And mine, the sons of men.
3. Thus Wisdom’s words discover
Thy glory and Thy grace,
Thou everlasting Lover
Of our unworthy race!
Thy gracious eye surveyed us
Ere stars were seen above;
In wisdom Thou hast made us,
And died for us in love.
4. And couldst Thou be delighted
With creatures such as we,
Who, when we saw Thee, slighted,
And nailed Thee to a tree?
And mystery divine!
The voice that speaks in thunder,
Says, Sinner, I am thine!
Source: The Cyber Hymnal #1354
Ere God had built the mountains. W. Cowper. [Divine Wisdom.] Published in the Olney Hymns, 1779, Bk. i., No. 52, in 4 stanzsa of 8 lines and based on Prov. viii. 22-31. It is found in several collections, both old and new, in Great Britain, and is also in use in America. A rendering into Latin, "Priusquam Deus altos montes," by R. Bingham, was given in his Hymnologia Christiana Latina, 1871, p. 251.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
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|The Cyber Hymnal #1354||Ere God Had Built the Mountains||Ere God had built the mountains||CHENIES||William Cowper||76.76 D||<cite>Olney Hymns</cite> (London: W. Oliver, 1779), number 52|