Great hymns

Great Hymns,

 

Beginning with Romans 9 Beddome sets out the traditional Calvinist doctrine. The phrase ‘The Father infinite’ is from the Athanasian Creed. Dust and worms are biblical terms for man. John Donne speaks of us as both dust and worms. The sentiment was once a common one.

19 Divine Sovereignty CM

THE potter different vessels forms
Of the same lump of clay
And may not God, o’er sinful worms,
An equal power display?

Is it not meet that he should deal
His sovereign favours still;
And his own purposes conceal,
While he performs his will?

Great Lord supreme, we must submit,
Nor call thy ways unjust;
Thou art the Father infinite,
And we but worms and dust.

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