Scripture Verse

Bless Thine inheritance. Psalm 28:9


John Newton

Words: John New­ton (1725–1807). The first pub­li­ca­tion we have seen for this hymn is in The Psalms of Da­vid (New York: Hodge, Al­len & Camp­bell, 1789).

Music: Sher­borne (Men­dels­sohn), ar­ranged from Fe­lix Men­dels­sohn (1809–1847) (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know of an ear­li­er pub­li­ca­tion date for this hymn, would you ?

Felix Mendelssohn


Bless, O Lord, the opening year,
To each soul assembled here:
Clothe Thy Word with power divine,
Make us willing to be Thine.

Shepherd of Thy blood-bought sheep!
Teach the stony heart to weep;
Let the blind have eyes to see,
See themselves, and look on Thee!

Let the minds of all our youth
Feel the force of sacred truth;
While the Gospel call they hear,
May they learn to love and fear.

Show them what their ways have been,
Show the desert of their sin;
Then Thy dying love reveal,
This shall melt a heart of steel.

Where Thou hast Thy work begun,
Give new strength the race to run;
Scatter darkness, doubts and fears,
Wipe away the mourners’ tears.

Bless us all both old and young;
Call forth praise from every tongue:
Let the whole assembly prove
All Thy power, and all Thy love.