1 Eternal God, the thanks receive,
Which thine unworthy servants give;
Father of every mercy thou,
Almighty, and all-gracious too!
2 In humble, yet exulting songs,
Thy praises issue from our tongues,
For that incessant boundless love,
Which we and all thy creatures prove.
3 Fashioned by thy creating hand,
And by thy providence sustained,
We wish our gratitude to show,
For all thy temporal blessings due.
4 But O! for this we chiefly raise
The incense of admiring praise--
Thy love unspeakable we own,
Which sent the willing Savior down.
5 And O! so deep a sense impress
Of thy supreme unbounded grace,
That anthems in full choir may rise,
And shake the earth and rend the skies!
6 Make us in deed, as well as word,
Show forth the praises of the Lord,
And thank him still for what he gives,
Both with our lips and in our lives!
7 O that, by sin no more subdued,
We might devote ourselves to God,
And only breathe to tell his praise,
And in his service spend our days!
8 Hail, Father, Hail eternal Son,
Hail sacred Spirit, three in one!
Blessing and thanks and power divine,
Thrice holy Lord, be ever thine.
A New Selection of Hymns, 1812