And now the wants are told, that brought
And now the wants are told, that brought. William Bright* (1824-1901).
First published in Bright’s Hymns and Other Poems (1866), in six stanzas. It was almost immediately used in the Appendix (1868) to the First Edition of A&M (1861), where it had a doxology. Beginning with Mark 9: 36, the story of Christ setting a child ‘in the midst of them’ [the disciples], it portrays very exactly a child’s approach to the wonder and mystery of God, although it is a hymn for adults also. Stanza 6, especially, suggests the inability of the child (and, by inference, the adult) to comprehend such glory:
For when we feel the praise of Thee A task beyond our powers,: We say, ‘A perfect God is He,...
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