"There is a God," all Nature cries,
All Knowledge proves "there is a God:"
"There is no God," the Fool replies,
Whose heart is duller than the clod.
The grateful clod, refresh'd with rains,
Pours flowers along its Maker's path;
But the Fool's heart a Fool's remains,
Untouch'd by love, unmoved by wrath.
And yet the wretch himself deceives;
While fiends believe, and trembling fly,
He trembles though he disbelieves;
And conscience gives his life the lie.
Can guilt, can madness further go?
Yes, his who God in works denies,
Whose creed saith "Yes," whose life says "No:"
Am I more holy, just, and wise?
My soul, sink down in shame and grief;
So fair without, so foul within;
Thy faith is specious unbelief,
Thy righteousness, self-righteous sin.
O God! Thou art, Thou surely art,
And those who truly seek Thee find;
Put Thou Thy laws into my heart,
In mercy write them on my mind.
Light in Thy light I long to see,
Thy glory in Thy goodness trace;
Ah! then reveal Thy Son in me,
Through faith may I be saved by grace.
Source: Sacred Poems and Hymns #6
There is a God, all nature cries. J. Montgomery. [Nature's witness to the Existence of God.] The manuscript of this hymn is dated "January 8, 1838." It was included in Montgomery's Original Hymns, 1853, No. 6, in 7 stanzas of 4 lines, and headed "The Guilt and Folly of denying God." It must be distinguished from Miss Steele's "There is a God, all nature speaks," which is also in common use.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
|Instances (1 - 6 of 6)||Title||First Line||Tune||Tune Key||Author||Meter||Scripture||Date||Subject||Source|
|Church Melodies: collection of psalms and hymns, with appropriate music. For the use of congregations. #269||"There is a God"--creation cries||1858|
|Psalms and Hymns, for the Use of the German Reformed Church, in the United States of America. (2nd ed.) #P53a||Practical Atheism||"There is a God," all nature cries||L. M.||1834|
|Sacred Poems and Hymns #6||There is a God, all Nature cries||There is a God, all Nature cries||James Montgomery||22.214.171.124||1854|
|The Psalms and Hymns, with the Catechism, Confession of Faith, and Liturgy, of the Reformed Dutch Church in North America #P53a||"There is a God," all nature cries||1839|
|The Psalms and Hymns, with the Doctrinal Standards and Liturgy of the Reformed Protestant Dutch Church in North America #P53.I||"There is a God," all nature cries||1860|
|The Psalms and Hymns: with the catechism, confession of faith and liturgy of the Reformed Dutch Church in North America #P53a||"There is a God," all nature cries||1814|