HYMNS OF THE CHURCH

Charles Nutter

How Great the Wisdom, Power and Grace

Benjamin Beddome

1 How great the wisdom, power, and grace,
Which in redemption shine!
The heavenly host with joy confess
The work is all divine.
2 Before His feet they cast their crowns,
Those crowns which Jesus gave,
And, with ten thousand thousand tongues,
Proclaim His power to save.
3 They tell the triumphs of His cross,
The sufferings which He bore;
How low He stooped, how high He rose,
And rose to stoop no more.
4 With them let us our voices raise,
And still the song renew;
Salvation well deserves the praise
Of men and angels too.

“The Wonders of Redemption” is the title which this hymn bears in the author’s Hymns Adapted to Public Worship or Family Devotion, 1817. It is regarded by many as Beddome’s finest hymn. It is based on Hebrews 1:6: “Again when He bringeth in the first-begotten into the world, He saith, And let all the angels of God worship Him.”

The author wrote in verse one, line three, “Angels and men with joy confess;” verse two, line one, “Beneath his feet they cast their crowns;” verse four, lines one and two:

    O let them still their voices raise
     And still their song renew.

Two inferior stanzas, the second and third, are omitted.