Let God, who called the worlds to be,
arise in all-consuming fire
to judge the people righteously,
and faithless ones with awe inspire.
This God is ours, and yet we break
the covenant made long ago.
God’s words we foolishly forsake;
God’s ways we have refused to know.
For though our lips have preached God’s law,
our erring hearts have scorned the name.
We choose the thief and slanderer as friends,
and so increase our shame.
What then shall God the Lord demand?
Not gifts or lavish offering,
but vows and promises performed,
and lives from which true praises spring!
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Versifier: David Mowbray
David Mowbray (b. 1938) was born in Wallington, Surrey, England. He attended Dulwich College, Fitzwilliam, Cambridge where he read English. He gained an MA at Trinity in Bristol and a BD at London (External). Ordained in the Church of England, he was a curate at St. Giles in Northampton and at St. Mary's in Walford. Appointed Vicar of Broxborne, Herts in 1970 in 1984, he became Vicar of All Saints, Hertfordshire. In 1991 he became Vicar of St. Matthew's Darley Abbey, Derby, where he serves to this day. He has been writing hymns since 1977 and most of his texts are represented by Jubilate Hymns. Three of his hymn texts have been included in Hope's new hymnal Worship & Rejoice (2001).
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Edward Miller (b. Norwich, England, 1735; d. Doncaster, Yorkshire, England, 1807) adapted ROCKINGHAM from an earlier tune, TUNEBRIDGE, which had been published in Aaron Williams's A Second Supplement to Psalmody in Miniature (c. 1780). ROCKINGHAM has long associations in Great Britain and North Amer…