Great First of beings, mighty Lord

Great First of beings, mighty Lord

Author: Simon Browne
Published in 46 hymnals

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1 Great First of beings! mighty Lord
Of all this wondrous frame!
Produced by thy creating word,
The world from nothing came.

2 Thy voice sent forth the high command,
'Twas instantly obeyed;
And through thy goodness all things stand,
Which by thy power were made.

3 Lord! for thy glory shine the whole;
They all reflect thy light:
For this in course the planets roll,
And day succeeds the night.

4 For this the sun disperses heat,
And beams of cheering day;
And distant stars, in order set,
By night thy power display.

5 For this the earth its produce yields,
For this the waters flow;
And blooming plants adorn the fields,
And trees aspiring grow.

6 Inspired with praise, our minds pursue
This wise and noble end--
That all we think, and all we do,
Shall to thine honor tend.


Source: The Voice of Praise: a collection of hymns for the use of the Methodist Church #29

Author: Simon Browne

Simon Browne was born at Shepton Mallet, Somersetshire, about 1680. He began to preach as an "Independent" before he was twenty years of age, and was soon after settled at Portsmouth. In 1716, he became pastor in London. In 1723, he met with some misfortunes, which preyed upon his mind, and produced that singular case of monomania, recorded in the text-books of Mental Philosophy; he thought that God had "annihilated in him the thinking substance, and utterly divested him of consciousness." "Notwithstanding," says Toplady, "instead of having no soul, he wrote, reasoned, and prayed as if he had two." He died in 1732. His publications number twenty-three, of which some are still in repute. --Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins,… Go to person page >

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Author: Simon Browne

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Great First of beings, Mighty Lord. S. Browne. [Creation.] First published in his Hymns and Spiritual Songs, 1720, and repeated in later editions, as No. 39, in 8 stanzas of 4 lines, and headed, "All things made for God." In the American Prayer Book Collection, 1826, 6 stanzas were given as No. 3, and this arrangement (sometimes with further omissions) is also found in other American collections.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Publick Worship #IIIPage Scan
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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Social and Private Worship #XLVIPage Scan
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns, for Social and Private Worship #40Page Scan
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns, for Social and Private Worship (Rev. ed. with supplement) #40Page Scan
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns: from Watts, Doddridge, and others (4th ed. with an appendix) #88Page Scan
A Selection of Hymns #d85
A Selection of Sacred Poetry: consisting of psalms and hymns from Watts, Doddridge, Merrick, Scott, Cowper, Barbauld, Steele, and others (2nd ed.) #88Page Scan
A Selection of Sacred Poetry: consisting of psalms and hymns, from Watts, Doddridge, Merrick, Scott, Cowper, Barbauld, Steele ...compiled for the use of the Unitarian Church in Philadelphia #88Page Scan
Cantica Laudis: or, the American Book of Church Music #d92
Christian Hymns: adapted to the worship of God our Saviour in public and private devotion, compiled from the most approved ancient and modern authors, for the Central Universalist Society... #160Page Scan
Church Melodies, a Collection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs #d326
Church Psalmody: a Collection of Psalms and Hymns adapted to public worship #H14Page Scan
Church Psalmody: a Collection of Psalms and Hymns Adapted to Public Worship #14Page Scan
Collection of Hymns for Public and Private Worship. 4th ed. #d97
Compilation of Hymns for the Use of the Churches of the Christian Union #d229
Hymn Book of the Methodist Protestant Church #5Page Scan
Hymn Book of the Methodist Protestant Church. (11th ed.) #5Page Scan
Hymn Book of the Methodist Protestant Church. (2nd ed.) #86Page Scan
Hymn book of the Methodist Protestant Church. (4th ed.) #86Page Scan
Hymns for Social and Private Worship, Altered to a Devotional Form #d44
Hymns for the Use of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Rev. ed. #69Page Scan
Hymns of the Protestant Episcopal Church of the United States, as authorized by the General Convention: with an additional selection #3Page Scan
Hymns of Worship: Designed for Use Especially in the Lecture Room, the Prayer Meeting and the Family #99Page Scan
Hymns suited to the Feasts and Fasts of the Church and Other Occasions of Public Worship ... approved by the Convention of 1826 #d59
Manual of Christian Psalmody: a collection of psalms and hymns for public worship #14Page Scan
Melodies of the Church: a collection of psalms and hymns adapted to publick and social worship, seasons of revival, monthly concerts of prayer, and various similar occasions... #d306
New Hymn and Tune book: an Offering of Praise for the Methodist Episcopal Church #63bPage Scan
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Psalms and Hymns, for Social and Private Worship #d170
Psalms and Hymns: adapted to social, private and public worship in the Cumberland Presbyterian Chruch #15Page Scan
Sacred Poetry and Music Reconciled; or a Collection of Hymns, Original and Compiled #73Page Scan
Sacred poetry: consisting of psalms and hymns adapted to Christian devotion in publick & private. New ed. #d149
Sacred Poetry: Consisting of Psalms and Hymns, adapted to Christian Devotion, in Publick and Private. New Ed. #d148
Sacred Poetry: consisting of psalms and hymns, adapted to Christian devotion, in public and private, selected from the best authors, with variations and additions #H.LXXXVPage Scan
Select Hymns #d145
Select Hymns: adapted to the devotional exercises of the Baptist denomination (2nd ed.) #1Page Scan
Selections from the Psalms of David in Metre: with hymns suited to the feasts and fasts of the church, and other occasions of public worship #H3Page Scan
The Christian Hymn Book #d207
The Christian Hymn Book. 7th ed. #d209
The Christian Psalmist: being a collection of psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs compiled from the most approved authors, and designed as a standard hymn book for public and social worship #6Page Scan
The Heart and Voice: or, Songs of Praise for the Sanctuary: hymn and tune book, designed for congregational singing in the Methodist Episcopal Church, and for congregations generally #137cPage Scan
The Lecture-Room Hymn-Book: containing the psalms and hymns of the book of common prayer, together with a choice selection of additional hymns, and an appendix of chants and tunes... #H3Page Scan
The Philadelphia Hymn Book; or, a selection of sacred poetry, consisting of psalms and hymns from Watts...and others, adapted to public and private devotion #88Page Scan
The Voice of Praise: a collection of hymns for the use of the Methodist Church #29TextPage Scan
Universalist Hymn Book #d150



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