Bethune graduated from Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, in 1822, and studied theology at Princeton University. In 1827 he became pastor of the Reformed Dutch Church in Rinebeck, New York. In 1830, he moved to Utica, New York; to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1834; and to Brooklyn Heights, New York, in 1850. He was offered the chancellorship of New York University, and the Provostship of the University of Pennsylvania, both of which he declined.
This hymn has a really catchy tune. But most importantly, it magnifies the lovely name of our Lord Jesus.
Lyrics: George W. Bethune
Music: William B. Bradbury
There is no name so sweet on earth,
No name so sweet in Heaven,
The Name, before His wondrous birth
To Christ the Savior given.
We love to sing of Christ our King,
And hail Him, blessed Jesus;
For there’s no word ear ever heard
So dear, so sweet as “Jesus.”
Twas Gabriel first that did proclaim
To His most blessed mother,
That name which now and evermore
We praise above all other.
His human name they did proclaim,
When Abram’s son they sealed Him;
The name that still by God’s good will,
Deliverer revealed Him.
And when He hung upon the tree,
They wrote this Name above Him;
That all might see the reason we
Forevermore must love Him.
So now, upon His Father’s throne,
Almighty to release us
From sin and pain, He gladly reigns,
The Prince and Savior, Jesus.
O Jesus, by that matchless Name,
Thy grace shall fail us never;
Today as yesterday the same,
Thou art the same forever.
To Jesus every knee shall bow
And every tongue confess Him,
And we unite with saints of light
Our only Lord, to bless Him.