1’Scripture Verse

Put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground. Exodus 3:5


Words: Hen­ry J. van Dyke, 1921.

Music: Ho­ly Hill Will­iam H. Pon­ti­us (1844–1908) (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Pon­ti­us (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

Henry J. Van Dyke


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;
Wherever 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.