Eternal Power! whose high abodeAuthor: Isaac Watts
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1 Eternal Power, whose high abode
Becomes the grandeur of a God:
In vain the loftiest angel tries
To reach thy height with wondering eyes.
2 Thy dazzling glories while he sings,
He hides his face beneath his wings;
Seraphs that most with ardor glow,
Still at an humble distance bow.
3 Earth from afar has heard thy fame,
And worms have learned to lisp thy name;
But oh, the glories of thy mind
Leave all our soaring thoughts behind.
4 God is in heaven and man below;
Soft be our strains, our words be few;
A sacred reverence checks our songs,
And praise sits trembling on our tongues.
Eternal Power, Whose high abode. I. Watts. [Praise to God.] This hymn supplies what the author called "The Conclusion," to his Horae Lyricae, 1705. It is in 6 stanzas of 4 lines, and is entitled "God exalted above all Praise." In 1743, J. Wesley included it, with the omission of stanzas ii., and the alteration of stanza i., line 3, of "length" to "lengths", and of stanza iii., line 1, from “Thy dazzling beauties whilst he sings," to "Thee, while the first archangel sings " (a change necessitated by the omission) in Psalms & Hymns, 1743, p. 66. In 1780 this version of the text was given in the Wesleyan Hymn Book, No. 307, and from the Wesleyan Hymn Book has passed into numerous collections in all English-speaking countries. According to Methodist usage Dr. J. Beaumont read the lines,
"Thee, while the first archangel sings,
He hides his face behind his wings,"
to the congregation in Waltham Street Chapel, Hull, on Sunday, Jan. 23, 1855; and during the singing of the second line he fell dead in the pulpit. The incident is given in detail in Stevenson's Methodist Hymn Book and its Associations, 1883, p. 225.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
|Instances (1 - 4 of 4)||Title||First Line||Tune||Tune Key||Author||Meter||Scripture||Date||Subject||Source|
|Hymns and Psalms: a Methodist and ecumenical hymn book #49||Eternal Power, whose high abode||Eternal Power, whose high abode||EISENACH||Isaac Watts||1983|
|Small Church Music #6205||Saul (Fertile Plains)||Eternal Power! whose high abode||SAUL (FERTILE PLAINS)||Isaac Watts||184.108.40.206|
|The Cyber Hymnal #1352||Eternal Power, Whose High Abode||Eternal power, whose high abode||ROCKINGHAM (Miller)||Isaac Watts||LM||<cite>Horæ Lyricæ</cite>, 1706|
|The New English Hymnal #207||Eternal Power, whose high abode||Eternal Power, whose high abode||IVYHATCH||Isaac Watts, 1674-1748||1986||Dedication Festival | ; The Christian Year | Festivals and Other Holy Days: Proper|