1 Great God, now condescend
To bless our rising race;
Soon may their willing spirits bend
To thy victorious grace!
2 O what a vast delight
Their happiness to see!
Our warmest wishes all unite
to lead their souls to thee.
3 Dear Lord, thy Spirit pour
Upon our infant seed;
O bring the long'd-for happy hour
That makes them thine indeed.
4 May they receive thy word,
Confess the Saviour's name;
Then follow their despised Lord
Through the baptismal stream.
5 Thus let our favour'd race
Surround thy sacred board,
There to adore thy sovereign grace,
And sing their dying lord.
Great God, now condescend. J. Fellows. [Holy Baptism.] Appeared in his Infants Devoted to God, but not Baptized, 1773, No. 22, in 7 stanzas of 4 lines. In 1787, 5 stanzas were given in Rippon's Baptist Selection, as No. 336, and this has become the recognised form of the hymn. It is in extensive use, especially in America, and is one of the best known of Fellows's hymns.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
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