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Our Duty to God

That God, who made the worlds on high

Author: Thomas Gibbons
Published in 10 hymnals

Representative Text

1 That God, who made the worlds on high,
And air, and earth, and sea,
Own as thy God, and to his name
In homage bow the knee.

2 Let not a shape which hands have wrought
Of wood, or clay, or stone,
Be deem'd thy God, nor think him like
Aught thou hast seen or known.

3 Take not in vain the name of God:
Nor must thou ever dare,
To make thy falshood pass for truth,
By his dread name to swear.

4 That day on which he bids thee rest
From toil, to pray, and praise,
That day, keep holy to the Lord,
And consecrate it rays.

5 O may that God, who gave these laws,
Write them on every heart,
That all may feel their living power,
Nor from his paths depart!

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

Author: Thomas Gibbons

Gibbons, Thomas, was born at Beak, near Newmarket, May 31, 1720; educated by Dr. Taylor, at Deptford; ordained in 1742, as assistant to the Rev. Mr. Bures, at Silver Street Chapel, London; and in 1743 became minister of the Independent Church, at Haberdashers' Hall, where he remained till his death, Feb. 22, 1785. In addition to his ministerial office he became, in 1754, tutor of the Dissenting Academy at Mile End, London; and, in 1759, Sunday evening lecturer at Monkwell Street. In 1760 the College at New Jersey, U.S., gave him the degree of M.A. and in 1764 that of Aberdeen the degree of D.D. His prose works were (1) Calvinism and Nonconformity defended, 1740; (2) Sermons on various subjects, 1762; (3) Rhetoric, 1767; (4) Female Worthies,… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: That God, who made the worlds on high
Title: Our Duty to God
Author: Thomas Gibbons
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



Instances (1 - 10 of 10)
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A Choice Selection of Evangelical Hymns, from various authors #191

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A Selection of Hymns from the Best Authors. #47

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A Selection of Hymns #XLVII

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Baptist Hymn Book #a61

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Hymns for Christian Melody #71

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The Baptist Hymn Book #61

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The Psalms and Hymns of Dr. Watts #765

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