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We Limit Not the Truth of God

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1 We limit not the truth of God
to our poor reach of mind,
to notions of our day and place,
crude, partial, and confined:
No, let a new and better hope
within our hearts be stirred:
O God, grant yet more light and truth
to break forth from your Word.

2 Who dares to bind to one's own sense
the oracles of heaven,
for all the nations, tongues, and climes
and all the ages given?
That universe, how much unknown!
that ocean unexplored!
O God, grant yet more light and truth
to break forth from your Word.

3 Eternal God, incarnate Word,
Spirit of flame and dove:
enlarge, expand all living souls
to comprehend your love;
And help us all to seek your will
with wiser powers conferred:
O God, grant yet more light and truth
to break forth from your Word.

Source: The New Century Hymnal #316

Author: George Rawson

Born: June 5, 1807, Leeds, England. Died: March 25, 1889, Clifton, England. Buried: Arno’s Vale Cemetery, Bristol, England. Pseudonym: A Leeds Layman. Rawson, George, was born June 5, 1807, at Leeds, in which town he practised for many years as a solicitor. In 1853 he assisted the Congregational ministers of Leeds in the compilation of Psalms, Hymns, and Passages of Scripture for Christian Worship, a volume commonly known as the Leeds Hymn-book. Mr. Rawson was a member of the Congregational body. In 1858 he also assisted Rev. Dr. Green and other Baptist ministers in the preparation of Psalms and Hymns for the use of the Baptist Denomination. A number of Mr. Rawson's own compositions first appeared in this and in the Leeds Hymn-boo… Go to person page >


We limit not the truth of God. G. Rawson. [Profound Depth of Holy Scripture.] This hymn was given in the Leeds Hymn Book, 1853, No. 409, in 5 stanzas of 8 lines, and headed with the following extract upon which it was based:—
"He charged us before God, and His blessed angels, if God should reveal anything to us by any other instrument of His, to be as ready to receive it as any truth by his ministry; for he was very confident the Lord had more light and truth yet to break forth out of His holy word." Narrative of Pastor Robinson's Address to the Pilgrim Fathers.
This note, together with the hymn, also appeared in Mr. Rawson's Hymns, Verses, and Chants, 1876. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)


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Community of Christ Sings #69
Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #629Text
Hymns for a Pilgrim People: a congregational hymnal #253
Hymns of the Saints: Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints #309
Hymns of Truth & Light #1
Shaping Sanctuary: proclaiming God's grace in an inclusive church #275
The Cyber Hymnal #7211TextScoreAudio
The New Century Hymnal #316TextPage Scan
Together in Song: Australian hymn book II #453
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