An Humble Offering to Jehovah

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1 The perfect world by Adam trod
Was the first temple built by God;
His fiat laid the corner-stone,
And raised its pillars one by one.

2 He hung its starry roof on high
The broad expanse of azure sky;
He spread its pavement, green and bright,
And curtained it with morning light.

3 The mountains in their places stood,
The sea, the sky, and all "was good."
And when its first pure praises rang,
The "morning stars together sang."

4 Lord, 'tis not ours to make the sea
And earth and sky a house for thee;
But in thy sight our offering stands,
An humbler temple, "made with hands."

Source: The Seventh-Day Adventist Hymn and Tune Book: for use in divine worship #1133

Author: Nathaniel Parker Willis

Willis, Nathaniel Parker, was born at Portland, Maine, Jan. 20, 1807, and educated at Yale College, graduating in 1826. After writing for a time for the American Monthly Magazine, which he established, and theNew York Mirror, into which the former was merged, he was attached to the American Legation at the French Court. His stay in Europe extended from 1831 to 1837. On his return he became in 1839 one of the editors of The Corsair. His works are numerous, and include Sacred Poems, 1843. He died Jan. 29, 1867. His sister, Mrs. Parton, is the well-known "Fanny Fern." His hymn —"The perfect world by Adam trod" (Dedication of a Place of Worship), was "Written to be sung at the Consecration of Hanover Street [Unitarian] Church, Boston," in 182… Go to person page >

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First Line: The perfect world by Adam trod
Title: An Humble Offering to Jehovah
Author: Nathaniel Parker Willis
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



First published anonymously in Henry Boyd's Select Collection of Psalm and Hymn Tunes (1793), DUKE STREET was credited to John Hatton (b. Warrington, England, c. 1710; d, St. Helen's, Lancaster, England, 1793) in William Dixon's Euphonia (1805). Virtually nothing is known about Hatton, its composer,…

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