1 I love the sacred Book of God,
No other can its place supply;
It points me to the saints' above,
And bids me from destruction fly.
2 Sweet book! in thee my eyes discern
The image of my absent Lord;
From thy instructive page I learn
The joys His presence will afford.
3 But while I'm here thou shalt supply
His place, and tell me of His love;
I'll read with faith's discerning eye,
And thus partake of joys above.
Source: Victory Songs: For the Church, Sunday School and Evangelistic Services. #320
I love the sacred book of God. T. Kelly. [Holy Scripture.] This hymn is in two forms, and both by Kelly. The first form was published in the first edition of his Hymns on Various Passages of Scripture, 1804, in 7 stanzas of 4 lines; and the second in the Dublin ed., 1836, No. 39lines Both forms are in common use; the first in Windle, and the revised in Snepp's Songs of Grace & Glory 1872. Various collections in Great Britain and America, some in the original, and others in the revised form. These can be tested by Windle and Snepp.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)