'Twas the Commission of our Lord

Melody - "Louvan", Virgil Corydon Taylor, 1847

Isaac Watts, 1707

'Twas the commission of our Lord,
Go teach the nations, and baptize:
The nations have received the word
Since He ascended to the skies.

2. He sits upon th' eternal hills,
With grace and pardon in His hands;
And sends His cov'nant with the seals,
To bless the distant British lands.

3. Repent, and be baptized, He saith,
For the remission of your sins:
And thus our sense assists our faith,
And shows us what His gospel means.

4. Our souls He washes in His blood,
As water makes the body clean;
And the good Spirit from our God
Descends like purifying rain.

5. Thus we engage ourselves to Thee,
And seal our cov'nant with the Lord;
O may the great eternal Three
In heav'n our solemn vows record!

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