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after William Kethe (c.1550-1594) Robert Grant (1799-1838)

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O worship the King all glorious above,
and gratefully sing his power and his love;
our shield and defender, the Ancient of Days,
pavilioned in splendour and girded with praise.

The earth, with its store of wonders untold,
Almighty, your power has founded of old,
established it fast by a changeless decree,
and round it has cast, like a mantle, the sea.

Your bountiful care what tongue can recite?
it breathes in the air, it shines in the light;
it streams from the hills, it descends to the plain,
and sweetly distils in the dew and the rain.

We children of dust are feeble and frail –
in you we will trust, for you never fail;
your mercies how tender, how firm to the end!
our Maker, Defender, Redeemer and Friend.

O measureless Might, unchangeable Love,
whom angels delight to worship above!
Your ransomed creation with glory ablaze,
in true adoration shall sing to your praise!

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