Archive for March 2017

Thy Wisdom and Thy Might Appear   1 comment

Above:  Starry Night Sky

Image in the Public Domain

Hymn Source = Hymns for the Living Age (1923)

Text (1921) by Henry Van Dyke (1852-1933)


Thy wisdom and thy might appear,

Eternal God, through every year;

From day to day, from hour to hour,

Thy works reveal self-ordered power.


We worship thee whose will hath laid

Thy sovereign rule on all things made;

The faithful stars, the fruitful earth,

Obey thy laws that gave them birth.


Yet thou canst make a marvel shine

Amid these mighty laws of thine,

As when thy servant Moses came

And saw the bush with thee aflame.


We turn aside and tread the ways

That lead through wonder up to praise;

Whatever thou by man art found

The homely earth is holy ground.


If thou hast formed us out of dust

Through ages long, in thee we trust;

O grant us in our souls to see

The living flame that comes from thee.

O Thou, Whose Boundless Love Bestows   1 comment

Above:  Zion Episcopal Church, Talbottan, Georgia, March 19, 2017

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

Hymn Source = The Academic Hymnal (1899)

Hymn by Henry Van Dyke (1852-1933)


O Thou, whose boundless love bestows

The joy of life, the hope of heaven;

Thou whose unchartered mercy flows

O’er all the blessings Thou hast giv’n;

Thou, by whose light alone we see;

Thou, by whose truth our souls set free

Are made imperishably strong;

Hear Thou the solemn music of our song.


Grant us the knowledge that we need

To solve the questions of the mind;

Light Thou our candle while we read,

And keep our hearts from going blind;

Enlarge our vision to behold

The wonders Thou hast wrought of old;

Reveal Thyself in ev’ry law,

And gild the towers of truth with holy awe.