Glorious Majesty

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1. Glorious Majesty, before Thee
We bow to worship and adore Thee;
With grateful hearts to Thee we sing,
Earth and heaven tell the story
Of Thine eternal might and glory,
And all Thy works their incense bring.
Lo, hosts of cherubim and countless seraphim
Sing hosanna, holy is God
Almighty God, all merciful and all wise God!

2. God of light, exalted, holy!
Thy tender care protects the lowly,
Nor leaves Thy children to their fate.
Gracious art Thou, God our Father,
Thy chosen people Thou dost gather,
Within Thine arms compassionate,
Thou gavest us Thy Son, through whom Thy grace is won,
And Thy Spirit dwelleth within to cleanse from sin
Whom Thine own Son hath died to win.

3. Bless and keep, O Lord, Thy creatures,
Reveal to us Thy gracious features,
O turn to us Thy face with peace
Here our songs we humbly tender,
Til glorified our tongues shall render
To Thee our praise without surcease,
Where hosts of cherubim and countless seraphim
Sing holy is God, almighty God,
All merciful and all wise God!

Translator (from Swedish): August W. Kjellstrand

August William Kjellstrand, 1864-1930 Born: February 10, 1864, Skoefde, Västergötland, Sweden. Died: October 29, 1930. Kjellstrand’s family emigrated to America when he was six years old. He was educated at Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois (graduated 1885), and served as an organist and school teacher in Chicago, Illinois, before joining the faculty of Bethany College, Lindsborg, Kansas, in 1886 as a Latin teacher. He became dean of the Latin Department there in 1893, staying until 1897, when he graduated from Augustana Theological Seminary and went to a pastorate in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. After that, he was pastor for three years at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Providence, Rhode Island. In 1906, he went to Augustana… Go to person page >

Author: Samuel J. Hedborn

Samuel Johan Hedborn, born 14 October 1783 in Kolstad, Heda parish in Östergötland, died 26 December 1849 in Assjö rectory in Askeryds parish, Jönköping in Småland, was a Swedish writer, wise and hymn writer. Hedborn was born in a soldier in the village Kolstad out on Östgötaslätten and had all his youth and first study in Linköping and then at Uppsala University 1806 - in 1809 a struggle against poverty, was ordained last year. After his ordination, he was first a curate in Östergötland same year, teachers in Stockholm in 1812 and extraordinary court preacher in 1815. In Uppsala and Stockholm , he became good friends with many Swedish romantic, including Atterbom, which also had its roots in Östergötland and northern Smål… Go to person page >

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First Line: Glorious Majesty, before Thee
Title: Glorious Majesty
Swedish Title: Höga Majestät, vi alla
Author: Samuel J. Hedborn (1812, 1835)
Translator (from Swedish): August W. Kjellstrand
Source: Translation: The Hymnal (Augustana Lutheran Synod, 1925); Psalmer av Hedborn, 1812, 1835
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

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