1 Thy names, how infinite they be!
Great Everlasting one!
Boundless thy might and majesty,
And unconfined thy throne.
2 Thy glories shine of wondrous size,
And wondrous large thy grace:
Immortal day breaks from thine eyes,
And Gabriel veils his face.
3 Thine essence is a vast abyss,
Which angels cannot sound,
An ocean of infinites,
Where all our thoughts are drowned.
4 Thy mysteries of creation lie
Beneath enlightened minds;
Thoughts can ascend above the sky,
And fly before the winds.
5 Reason may grasp the massy hills,
And stretch from pole to pole,
But half thy name our spirit fills,
And overloads our soul.
6 In vain our haughty reason swells,
For nothing's found in thee
But boundless inconceivables,
And vast eternity.
The Hartford Selection of Hymns from the most approved authors, 1799