Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. Matthew 28:19–20
Words: Isaac Watts, Hymns and Spiritual Songs, Book 1, 1707, number 52, alt.
Music: Louvan Virgil C. Taylor, Choral Anthems (Boston, Massachusetts: 1850) (🔊 pdf nwc).
If you know where to get a good photo of Taylor (head-and-shoulders, at least 200×300 pixels), would you ?
’Twas the commission of our Lord,
Go teach the nations, and baptize:
The nations have received the word
Since He ascended to the skies.
He sits upon th’eternal hills,
With grace and pardon in His hands;
And sends His cov’nant with the seals,
To bless the distant darkened lands.
[originally the distant British lands]
Repent, and be baptized, He saith,
For the remission of your sins:
And thus our sense assists our faith,
And shows us what His Gospel means.
Our souls He washes in His blood,
As water makes the body clean;
And the good Spirit from our God
Descends like purifying rain.
Thus we engage ourselves to Thee,
And seal our cov’nant with the Lord;
O may the great eternal Three
In Heav’n our solemn vows record!