I have been unable to ascertain the author of the eighteenth-century text set by William Russell in this anthem, but I have established that it is part of a longer text some of which runs as follows:
The Lord is good, fresh acts of grace
His pity still supplies;
His anger moves with slowest pace,
His willing mercy flies.
Therefore will we the righteous ways
Of Providence proclaim;
We'll sing the praise of God most high,
And celebrate His name.
By angels in heav'n of every degree,
And saints upon earth, all praise be addressed
To God in three Persons, one God ever blessed,
As it has been, now is, and always shall be.
|"The Adoration of the Trinity" by Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528)||