Monday, December 10, 2012

Lyra Fidelium: ARTICLE I. “I believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth.”

Lyra Fidelium: Twelve Hymns on the Twelve Articles of the Apostle's Creed
by S. J. Stone, B.A.,
"I will sing with the spirit and I will sing with the understanding also."

“I believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth.”
"The Lord He is God: there is None else beside Him."
[Editor's note:  In the 1866 version of Lyra Fidelium  Scriptures  were placed beside  each verse in the twelve  hymns. The Scriptures supporting each hymn are numbered below the summary.] 
 (Tune No. 222.)

1. None else but Thee, for evermore,
One, All, we dread, believe, adore:
Great Earth and Heaven shall have their day
And worn and old shall pass away,
But Thou remainest, on Thy throne
Eternal, changeless, and alone!

2. None else we praise! in every form,
In peace of calm and power of storm,
In simple flower and mystic star,
In all around and all afar,
In Grandeur, Beauty, Truth, but Thee
None else we hear, None else we see.

3. None else we love! for sweeter grace
That made anew a ruined race:
The heirs of life, the lords of death,
With earliest voice and latest breath,
When days begin, when days are done,
Bless we the Father for the Son!

4. None else we trust! our flesh may fail,
Our heart may sink when foes assail,
But Thou art strength to be our stay,
And Glory not to pass away:
None else in life and death have we,
But we have all in all with Thee!

5. Yea, None but Thee all worlds confess,
And those redeemed ones numberless:
None else, from everlasting One,
And evermore beside Thee none.
Of all that is, has been, shall be,
Father of Life, None else but Thee!   Amen.
SUMMARY OF TRUTHS CONFESSED IN ARTICLE I         I believe that there is a God, and that there is but one God: that He is the Father of all things and of all men, more peculiarly of those adopted in His Son, but more eminently still the Father of His Own only-begotten Son: that He is Almighty, because His dominion is infinite both as regards eternitly of duration and power of operation and authority: and that as before all things there was nothing but God, so out of nothing He produced all things

"I AM the Lord: there is None else."
"The Lord our God is One Lord."
"They shall perish, but Thou shalt endure."
"Yea, all of them shall wax old as a garment."
"But Thou art the same, and Thy years shall not fail."
"Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever."

"I Thank Thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth."
"O Lord, how manifold are Thy works."
"The heavens declare the glory of God."
"Of Him, and through Him, and to Him are all things."
"Every good gift and every perfect gift...cometh down from the Father."
"Do I not fill the heaven and earth, saith the Lord?"

"Behold what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God."
"God Who is rich in mercy, for His great love...hath quickened us."
"By Him, therefore, let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually."
"Blessed by the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ."

"Trust ye in the Lord for ever."
"My flesh and my heart faileth, but God is th strength of my heart and portion for ever."
"We should not trust in ourselves, but in God."
"Who giveth us reichly all things to enjoy."

"And every creature heard I saying, Blessing, &c."
"A great mulitude which no man could number."
"From everlasting - Thou art God."
"To everlasting - Thou art God."
"I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, Which was, and Which is, and Which is to come."

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