God, in the gospel of His Son,
Makes His eternal counsels known:
’Tis here His richest mercy shines,
And truth is drawn in fairest lines.
Here Jesus in ten thousand ways
His soul-attracting charms displays,
Recounts His poverty and pains,
And tells His love in melting strains.
Man’s raging passions it controls,
And comfort yields to contrite souls;
It brings a better world in view,
And guides the saint his journey through.
If this blest gospel now should lie
Deep in my heart and near mine eye;
When life’s last hours my soul engage,
’Twill be my chosen heritage.