1 Lord, what is man? Extremes how wide
In this mysterious nature join!
The flesh, to worms and dust allied
The soul immortal and divine!
2 Divine at first, a holy flame
Kindled by the Almighty's breath;
Till stained by sin, it soon became
The seat of darkness, strife, and death.
3 But Jesus, Oh! amazing grace!
Affirmed our nature as his own,
Obeyed and suffered in our place,
Then took it with him to his throne.
4 Near to which throne, and high in song,
Man shall his hallelujahs raise;
While wondering angels round him throng,
And swell the chorus of his praise.
The Hartford Selection of Hymns from the most approved authors, 1799
"Nearest the throne, and first in song, Man shall his hallelujahs raise; While wond'ring angels round him throng, And swell the chorus of his praise."Although lacking the general interest and popularity of Newton's hymns, it is given in several collections. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)