Tuesday Hymns: “Mighty God, While Angels Bless You”

Robert Robinson (September 27, 1735 – June 9, 1790) was a Congregationalist pastor of the Baptist persuasion (although he considered himself an evangelical Methodist for a short period of time after hearing George Whitfield preach in the 1750s) who ministered at the Stone-Yard Baptist Chapel, in Cambridge for the last thirty years of his life. There are those who believe he became a Unitarian late in his life although the evidence of such a fall is inconclusive.

He is recognized today as the author of two popular hymns; first, the very well-known, “Come, Thou Fount of Ev’ry Blessing,” and our Tuesday Hymn for this week, “Mighty God, While Angels Bless You,” which consists of six verses spelling out some of the countless reasons why our glorious Lord is deserving of praise. It is sung to the tune, ALLELUIA, by Albert Lowe.

Mighty God, while angels bless thee,
May a mortal sing thy name?
Lord of men as well as angels,
Thou art every creature’s theme.

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Amen.

Lord of every land and nation,
Ancient of eternal days,
Sounded through the wide creation
Be thy just and lawful praise.

For the grandeur of thy nature,
Grand beyond the seraph’s thought;
For created works of power,
Works with skill and kindness wrought.

But thy rich, thy free redemption,
Dark through brightness all along,
Thought is poor, and poor expression,
Who dare sing that awful song?

Brightness of the Father’s glory,
Shall thy praise unuttered lie?
Fly, my tongue, such guilty silence,
Sing the Lord who came to die:

From the highest throne in glory,
To the cross of deepest woe,
All to ransom guilty captives,
Flow my praise, for ever flow
.”

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