HYMNS OF THE CHURCH

Charles Nutter

Infinite God, to Thee We Raise

Charles Wesley

1 Infinite God, to Thee we raise
Our hearts in solemn songs of praise;
By all Thy works on earth adored,
We worship Thee, the common Lord;
The everlasting Father own,
And bow our souls before Thy throne.
2 Thee all the choir of angels sings,
The Lord of hosts, the King of kings;
Cherubs proclaim Thy praise aloud,
And seraphs shout the Triune God;
And “Holy, holy, holy,” cry,
“Thy glory fills both earth and sky.”
3 Father of endless majesty,
All might and love we render Thee;
Thy true and only Son adore,
The same in dignity and power;
And God the Holy Ghost declare,
The saints’ eternal Comforter.

From a metrical paraphrase of fourteen stanzas on the Te Deum Laudamus in the author’s Hymns for Those that Seek and Those that Have Redemption in the Blood of Jesus Christ. London, 1747. These are the first, second, and fifth stanzas. The author wrote “the” instead of “thy” in the last line of verse one. “Among metrical versions of the Te Deum,” says Rev. F. W. Macdonald, “there is none superior to Charles Wesley’s– hardly any other, indeed, which has taken or retains hold on Christian congregations.” (See No. 729.)