The Creation of Man; or God the Searcher of the Heart

Lord, thy pervading knowledge strikes

Author: Thomas Blacklock
Published in 5 hymnals

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1 Lord, thy pervading knowledge strikes
Through nature's inmost gloom:
And in thy circling arms I lay
A slumberer in the womb.

2 Thee will I honor, for I stand
A volume of thy skill,
Stupendous are thy works, and they
My contemplations fill.

3 Thine eye beheld me when the speck
Of entity began;
And o'er my form, in darkness fram'd
Thy rich embroid'ry ran.

4 Th' unfashion'd mass by thee was seen;
My structure in thy book
Was plann'd, before thy curious mould
The future embryo took.

5 How precious are the streaming joys
That from thy love descend!
Would I rehearse their numbers o'er,
Where would their numbers end?

6 Not ocean's countless sands exceed
The blessings of the skies;
With night's descending shades they fall,
With morning splendors rise.

7 "Thy awful glories round me shine,
"My flesh proclaims thy praise;
"Lord to thy works of nature join
"Thy miracles of grace."

Source: A Selection of Hymns: from the best authors, intended to be an appendix to Dr. Watt's psalms and hymns. (1st Am. ed.) #XXVIII

Author: Thomas Blacklock

Blacklock, Thomas, D.D., born at Annan, Dumfriesshire, November 10, 1721. He studied at the University of Edinburgh, and was, in 1759, licensed to preach. In 1762 he was ordained pariah minister of Kirkcudbright, but, on account of his blindness, had to resign and retire on an annuity. He went to Edinburgh and there received as boarders University students and boys attending school. In 1767 he received the degree of D.D. from the University of Aberdeen (Marischal College). He was one of the earliest and most helpful literary friends of Robert Burns. He died at Edinburgh July 7, 1791. His Poems were often printed—in 1756 at London, with a Memoir by the Rev. Joseph Spence, Professor of Poetry at Oxford; in 1793, at Edinburgh, with a Memoir… Go to person page >

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First Line: Lord, thy pervading knowledge strikes
Title: The Creation of Man; or God the Searcher of the Heart
Author: Thomas Blacklock
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



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