That Was A Wonder Working Word

That was a wonder-working word,
Which could the vast creation raise!
Angels attendant on their Lord;
Admired the plan, and sung his praise.

From what a dark and shapeless mass,
All nature sprang at his command
“Let there be light, and light there was,”
And sun, and stars, and sea, and land.

Thus the new forming of the soul,
Does all the power of God display,
As when he formed the mighty whole,
And kindled darkness into day.

Though self-destroyed, O Lord, we are,
Yet let us feel what thou canst do;
Thy word the ruin can repair,
And all our hearts create anew.

The Hartford Selection of Hymns from the most approved authors,