Frederick William Pitt (1859-1943) was a pastor in London who wrote a great deal of poetry or hymns. This hymn, known as “The Maker of the Universe” but originally called “This is the True God,” uniquely captures the biblical truth of Jesus Christ – the God who created the world and the man who died for it, all in one. How deep is God’s love!
1. The Maker of the universe
As Man, for man was made a curse.
The claims of law which He had made,
Unto the uttermost He paid.
2. His holy fingers made the bough
Which grew the thorns that crowned His brow.
The nails that pierced His hands were mined
In secret places He designed.
3. He made the forest whence there sprung
The tree on which His body hung.
He died upon a cross of wood,
Yet made the hill on which it stood.
4. The sky that darkened o’er His head
By Him above the earth was spread.
The sun that hid from Him its face
By His decree was poised in space.
5. The spear which spilled His precious blood
Was tempered in the fires of God.
The grave in which His form was laid,
Was hewn in rocks His hands had made.
6. The throne on which He now appears
Was His from everlasting years.
But a new glory crowns His brow.
And every knee to Him shall bow.
“The Maker of The Universe,” though sometimes attributed to Phil Keaggy, was written by Frederick William Pitt. Keaggy wrote a tune for these words and sings it, but he did not write the hymn itself.