The Unity of God

“Hear, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord is one!” Deuteronomy 6:4

Eternal God! Almighty cause
Of earth, and seas, and worlds unknown;
All things are subject to thy laws;
All things depend on thee alone.

Thy glorious being singly stands,
Of all within itself possessed;
Controlled by none are thy commands;
Thou from thyself alone art blest.

No rival can thine honor claim,
No higher deity appears:
No equal bears thy awful name,
Nor fellow-God thy glory shares.

To thee alone ourselves we owe;
Let heaven and earth due homage pay;
All other gods we disavow,
Deny their claims, renounce their sway.

On thee we fix our cheerful trust,
To thee with humble hope aspire,
And quit our idols, earth and dust,
Born up towards God with full desire.

Spread thy great name through heathen lands;
Their idol deities dethrone;
Reduce the world to thy commands;
And reign, as thou art, God alone.

–Simon Browne (1680–1732)

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