If the firstfruit be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root be holy, so are the branches. And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert grafted in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree. Romans 11:16–17
Words: Isaac Watts, Hymns and Spiritual Songs, Book 1, 1707, number 114.
Abraham’s blessing on the Gentiles.
Music: Sarah (Gabriel) Charles H. Gabriel, 1901 (🔊 pdf nwc).
Gentiles by nature, we belong
To the wild olive wood;
Grace took us from the barren tree,
And grafts us in the good.
With the same blessings grace endows
The Gentile and the Jew;
If pure and holy be the root,
Such are the branches, too.
Then let the children of the saints
Be dedicate to God;
Pour out Thy Spirit on them, Lord,
And wash them in Thy blood.
Thus to the parents and their seed
Shall Thy salvation come,
And numerous households meet at last
In one eternal home.