Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 1:3
Words: Isaac Watts, Hymns and Spiritual Songs, Book 3, 1709, number 26.
A song of praise to the ever-blessed Trinity, God the Father, Son, and Spirit.
Music: Antwerp William Smallwood (1831–1897) (🔊 pdf nwc).
If you know where to get a good photo of Smallwood (head-and-shoulders, at least 200×300 pixels), would you ?
Blest be the Father and His love,
To whose celestial source we owe
Rivers of endless joy above,
And rills of comfort here below.
Glory to Thee, great Son of God,
From whose dear wounded body rolls
A precious stream of vital blood,
Pardon and life for dying souls.
We give the sacred Spirit praise,
Who in our hearts of sin and woe
Makes living springs of grace arise,
And into boundless glory flow.
Thus God the Father, God the Son,
And God the Spirit, we adore;
That sea of life and love unknown,
Without a bottom or a shore.