Almighty King of heaven above

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This is an hymn by an unknown author, apparently first published as Hymn 11, entitled Submission to the divine will, in Jeremy Belknap's Sacred Poetry, 1795, where it is unattributed.

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1. Almighty King of heaven above,
Eternal source of truth and love,
And Lord of all below,
With reverence and religious fear,
Permit thy suppliants to draw near,
And at thy feet to bow.

2. Thy sovereign fiat formed us first,
Thy breath can blow us back to dust,
Frail, sinful, mortal clay;
‘Tis thine undoubted right to give,
Those earthly blessings we receive ,
And thine to take away.

 

3. All things are under thy control,
Eternal wisdom rules the whole,
Educing good from ill;
Submissive therefore we resign
Our wills are swallowed up in thine,
In thy most holy will.

4. In heaven above, thy will is done,
There, angels wait around thy throne.
Thy counsels to obey;
Adoring at thy feet they fall,
Confess thee sovereign Lord of all,
And own thy powerful sway.

 

5. Lord, may we join the heavenly throng.
May mortals learn the angelic song,
Who dwell beneath the sun;
May every tongue thy praise proclaim,
This be the universal theme,
" Jehovah's will be done."

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