Messenger of the Covenant

Jesus, commissioned from above

Author: Ambrose Searle
Published in 22 hymnals

Representative Text

1 Jesus, commission'd from above,
Descends to men below,
And shews from whence the springs of love,
In endless currents flow.

2 He, whom the boundless Heav'n adores,
Whom Angels long to see;
Quitted with joy those blissful shores,
Ambassador to me!

3 To me a worm, a sinful clod,
A reble and forlorn;
A foe, a traitor to my God,
And of a traitor born.

4 To me, who never sought his grace,
Who mock'd his sacred word;
Who never knew, or lov'd his face,
And all his will abhorr'd.

5 To me who could not even praise,
When his kind heart I knew;
But sought a thousand devious ways,
Rather than keep the true.

6 Yet this redeeming Angel came,
So vile a worm to bless;
He took, with gladness, all my blame,
And gve his righteousness.

7 O! that my languid heart might glow,
With ardour all divine;
And for more love than Seraphs know,
Like burning Seraphs shine.

Source: Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs: selected and original, designed for the use of the Church Universal in public and private devotion #LXIV

Author: Ambrose Searle

Serle, Ambrose, a Commissioner in the Government Transport Office, was b. Aug. 30, 1742, and d. Aug. 1, 1812. He published Horae Solitariae: or Essays upon some remarkable Names and Titles of Jesus Christ, &c, 1786. In this work short hymns are appended to some of the articles, and of these, "Jesus commissioned from above" (Redemption), and "Thy ways, O Lord, with wise design" (Providence), have passed into several collections. Serle was also the author of other works. The Rev. E. Bickersteth published Selections from the Works of Ambrose Serle, in 1833. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)  Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Jesus, commissioned from above
Title: Messenger of the Covenant
Author: Ambrose Searle
Source: Rippon's Coll.
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



Instances (1 - 22 of 22)

A Collection of Evangelical Hymns #d83

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A Selection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs #H.CVIII

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A Selection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs #H.CVIII

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A Selection of Hymns from the Best Authors. #184

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Baptist Hymn Book #a137

Church Hymn Book . 3rd ed. #d248

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Hymns for Social Worship #13

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Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs #37

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Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs #LXIV

The American Seaman's Hymn Book #d112

The Baptist Hymn Book, in Two Parts #d279

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The Baptist Hymn Book #336

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The Baptist Hymn Book #137

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The Psalms and Hymns of Dr. Watts #902

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