1 Since o'er thy footstool here below
Such radiant gems are strown,
Oh, what magnificence must glow,
Great God, about thy throne!
So brilliant here these drops of light;
There the full ocean rolls, how bright!
2 If night's blue curtain of the sky,--
With thousand stars inwrought,
Hung like a royal canopy
With glittering diamonds fraught,--
Be, Lord, thy temple's outer vail,
What splendor at the shrine must dwell!
3 The dazzling sun at noonday hour,--
Forth from his flaming vase
Flinging o'er earth the golden shower
Till vale and mountain blaze,--
But shows, O Lord, one beam of thine;
What, then, the day where thou dost shine?
4 Oh, how shall these dim eyes endure
That noon of living rays!
Or how our spirits, so impure,
Upon thy glory gaze!
Anoint, O Lord, anoint our sight,
And fit us for that world of light.
Mühlenberg, William Augustus, D.D., son of the Rev. Dr. Mühlenberg, and grandson of Henry Melchior Mühlenberg, the patriarch of Lutheranism in America, was born in Philadelphia Sept. 16, 1796. He graduated at the University of Pennsylvania in 1814. Entering Holy Orders in 1817, he was successively Assistant Rector of St. James's Lancaster, 1823; Rector of the Church of the Holy Communion, New York, 1843; St. Paul's College, Flushing (1828); St. Luke's Hospital, New York (1855); St. John's and Long Island (1865), were established by him. He died April 6, 1877. His poetical gift was genuine, but not largely used. In 1826 he contributed four hymns to the Prayer Book Collection (of which he was one of the Committee). His Poems appeared in 1… Go to person page >
Display Title: Since o'er thy footstoolFirst Line: Since o'er thy footstool here belowTune Title: MAGNIFICENCEAuthor: William A. MuhlenburgDate: 1992Source: A Collection of Psalms and Hymns..., 2nd ed., 1837