Before Jehovah's awful throne


Before Jehovah's awful throne,
ye nations, bow with sacred joy;
know that the Lord is God alone;
he can create, and he destroy.

His sovereign power, without our aid,
made us of clay, and formed us men;
and when like wandering sheep we strayed,
he brought us to his fold again.

We'll crowd thy gates with thankful songs,
high as the heavens our voices raise;
and earth, with her ten thousand tongues,
shall fill thy courts with sounding praise.

Wide as the world is thy command,
vast as eternity thy love;
firm as a rock thy truth must stand,
when rolling years shall cease to move.


Words: Isaac Watts (1674-1748), 1707,
as altered by John Wesley (1703-1791), 1737.
Watts' original text can be seen here.

MIDI: Old Hundredth (Genevan Psalter, 1551)

Meter: LM

Hymnal, Year Number Tunes Other comments
Hymns Ancient & Modern, 1861-1874      
The Anglican Hymn Book, 1868 187 Dort  
The Sarum Hymnal, 1869      
The Church Hymnal, 1871 (Hall & Whiteley) 409 Wareham  
The Church Hymnal, 1874 (Goodrich & Gilbert) 409 Hebron  
The Church Hymnal, 1874 (Tucker & Rousseau) 409 St. Faith  
The Church Hymnal, 1874 (Hutchins) 409 Old 100th  
Church Hymns with Tunes, 1874      
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 1874 040 Mamre  
Hymns Ancient & Modern, Standard, 1875-1924 516 Old 100th, Penshurst  
A Church of England Hymn Book, 1879 238    
The Universal Hymn Book, 1885 465 Old 100th  
The Hymnal Companion, 1890 054 Old 100th  
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Darlington) 473 Hesperus  
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Parker) 473 Winchester New  
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Hutchins) 473 Old 100th  
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Tucker & Rousseau) 473 Warrington  
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Helfenstein) 473 Old 100th  
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Messiter) 473 Beccles  
The Yattendon Hymnal, 1900
     
Church Hymns, New Edition, 1903 368 Old 100th  
Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Edition, 1904 317 Penshurst  
The English Hymnal, 1906      
The Book of Common Praise, 1908 388 Old 100th  
The Hymnal 1916 309 Winchester New  
Church Hymnal for the Christian Year, 1917 100 Mamre  
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 1919 359 Old 100th  
Church Hymnal Revised, 1920
(Hutchins)
441 Old 100th  
The Oxford Hymn Book, 1925 187 Gillingham  
Songs of Praise, 1925      
Songs of Praise, Enlarged Edition, 1931      
The Book of Common Praise, 1938 351 Old 100th  
The Hymnal 1940 300 Winchester New  
Hymns Ancient & Modern, Revised, 1950 370 Old 100th  
The Mirfield Mission Hymn Book, 1955      
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 1960 334 Old 100th  
Anglican Hymn Book, 1965 236 Old 100th, Wells  
The Hymn Book 1971 013 Old 100th  
The Australian Hymn Book / With One Voice, 1977      
The Hymnal 1982 391 Winchester New  
Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Standard, 1983 197 Old 100th  
The New English Hymnal, 1985      
Hymns for Today's Church, second edition, 1988 015 Old 100th (Dowland)  
Church Family Worship, 1988      
Hymns Old & New, New Anglican Edition, 1996      
Common Praise (The Anglican Church of Canada), 1998      
Together in Song: The Australian Hymn Book II, 1999      
Sing Glory, 1999      
Complete Mission Praise, 2000      
Common Praise: Hymns Ancient & Modern, 2000      
Hymns Old & New, Complete Anglican Edition, 2000      
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 2000      

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