1 Eternal King! the greatest, best,
For ever glorious, ever blest;
The great I AM, Jehovah, Lord,
By seraphim and saint ador'd.
2 Exalted in perfections bright,
Too dazzlihg far for mortal sight,
Thou reign'st supreme o'er those who dwell
In heav'n above, on earth, or hell.
3 Thy creatures all on thee depend
Their beings author, and their end;
The God who made, upholds them still
And rules them by his sov'reign will.
4 Tho' cloth'd with majesty and might,
The judge of all the world does right,
In equal balance holds the scale
Where truth and equity prevail.
5 Justice, the firm foundation lays,
Of all thy laws, thy works, and ways;
Obedient souls will ever find
A God that's faithful, loving, kind.
6 But he who sins, must die accurs'd,
A God all mercy is unjust;
Curs'd is the man who dares withdraw
Obedience from thy holy law.
7 Where then great God, or how shall we
Approach thy dreadful majesty!
Thy sacred law we oft have broke,
And stand obnoxious to thy stroke.
8 But O thou holy, just, and true!
Tho' justice must have all its due,
Thou can's be just, yet justify,
The soul that doth on Christ rely.
9 O boundless wisdom, love, and pow'r!
Thy matchless mercy we adore,
That found out this amazing plan
To save thy ruin'd creature man.
10 We plead the suff'rings of thy Son,
We plead his righteousness alone;
He bore the curse, whence thou art just
In pard'ning those who were accurs'd.