I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the peoples, and I will sing praises to you among the nations. (Psalm 108:3)
Forgive the song that falls so low,
Beneath the gratitude I owe–
It means Thy praise. However poor,
An angel’s song can do no more.
Great God, and wilt Thou condescend
To be my Father and my Friend.
I, a poor child, and thou, so high.
The Lord of earth, and air and sky.
Text taken from the Sacred Harp tune “Cowper.” The first verse is by William Cowper (original in The Olney Hymns, which also contains Amazing Grace by Isaac Newton). The second verse is by Ann Taylor, who, along with her sister Jane (the author of “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star”) wrote many popular poems and hymns for children.