Scripture Verse

O Lord our Lord, how excellent is Thy name in all the earth! Who hast set Thy glory above the heavens. Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast Thou ordained strength because of Thine enemies, that Thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger. Psalm 8:1–2


Isaac Watts

Words: Is­aac Watts, The Psa­lms of David 1719, alt. The ho­san­na of the child­ren; or, in­fants, prais­ing God.

Music: Brook­field Tho­mas B. South­gate, 1855 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tunes:

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of South­gate (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?


Almighty Ruler of the skies,
Wide thro’ the earth Thy name is spread;
And Thine eternal glories rise
O’er all the heavens Thy hands have made.

To Thee the voices of the young
A monument of honor raise;
And babes, with uninstructed tongue
Declare the wonders of Thy praise.

Thy power assists their tender age
To bring proud rebels to the ground,
To still the bold blasphemer’s rage,
And all their policies confound.

The children in Thy temple throng
To see their great Redeemer’s face;
The Son of David is their song,
And young hosannas fill the place.

The frowning scribes and angry priests
In vain their impious cavils bring;
Revenge sits silent in their breasts,
While Jewish babes proclaim their king.