Make known to the sons of men His mighty acts, and the glorious majesty of His kingdom. Psalm 145:12
Words: Philip Doddridge (1702–1751). Published posthumously in Hymns Founded on Various Texts in the Holy Scriptures, by Job Orton (Shropshire, England: Joshua Eddowes & John Cotton, 1755), number 56:
God adored for His goodness, and His wonderful works, to the children of men.
Music: Ossett Widdop (1750–1801) (🔊 pdf nwc).
If you know where to get a good picture of Widdop (head-and-shoulders, at least 200×300 pixels), would you ?
Ye sons of men, with joy record
The various wonders of the Lord;
And let His power and goodness sound
Through all your tribes, the earth around.
Let the high heav’ns your songs invite;
Those spacious fields of brilliant light,
Where sun, and moon, and planets roll,
And stars, that glow from pole to pole.
See earth in verdant robes arrayed,
Its herbs and flowers, its fruit and shade;
Peopled with life of various forms,
Fishes and fowls, and beasts and worms.
View the broad sea’s majestic plains,
And think how wide its maker reigns;
That band remotest nations joins,
And on each wave His goodness shines.
But O! that brighter world above,
Where lives and reigns Incarnate love!
God’s only Son in flesh arrayed,
For man a bleeding victim made.
Thither, my soul, with rapture soar:
There in the land of praise adore:
This theme demands an angel’s lay,
Demands an undeclining day.