Holy God, we praise Thy NameTranslator: Clarence A. Walworth; Author (attributed to): Ignace Franz
Tune: GROSSER GOTT
Published in 151 hymnals
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1 Holy God, we praise your name;
Lord of all, we bow before you.
Saints on earth your rule acclaim;
all in heaven above adore you.
Infinite your vast domain;
everlasting is your reign.
2 Hark, the glad celestial hymn
angel choirs above are raising;
cherubim and seraphim,
in unceasing chorus praising,
fill the heavens with sweet accord:
"Holy, holy, holy Lord!"
3 Lo, the apostolic train
joins your sacred name to hallow;
prophets swell the glad refrain,
and the white-robed martyrs follow;
and from morn to set of sun,
through the church the song goes on.
4 Holy Father, holy Son,
Holy Spirit, three we name you,
though in essence only one;
undivided God, we claim you,
and, adoring, bend the knee
while we own the mystery.
|First Line:||Holy God, we praise Thy Name|
|Title:||Holy God, We Praise Thy Name|
|German Title:||Grosser Gott, wir loben dich|
|Translator:||Clarence A. Walworth|
|Author (attributed to):||Ignace Franz|
|Source:||Te Deum (para.)|
st. 2 = Isa. 6:3, Rev. 4:8
This text is based on the anonymous fourth-century Latin hymn “Te Deum Laudamus," which in one modern English prose translation reads:
We praise you, O God,
we acclaim you as Lord;
all creation worships you,
the Father everlasting.
To you all angels, all the powers of heaven,
the cherubim and seraphim, sing in endless praise:
Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
The glorious company of apostles praise you.
The noble fellowship of prophets praise you.
The white-robed army of martyrs praise you.
Throughout the world the holy Church acclaims you:
Father, of majesty unbounded,
your true and only Son, worthy of all praise,
the Holy Spirit, advocate and guide.
You, Christ, are the king of glory,
the eternal Son of the Father.
When you took our flesh to set us free
you humbly chose the virgin's womb.
You overcame the sting of death,
and opened the kingdom of heaven to all believers.
You are seated at God's right hand in glory.
We believe that you will come to be our judge.
Come then, Lord, and help your people,
bought with the price of your own blood,
and bring us with your saints
to glory everlasting.
-English Language Liturgical Commission, from Praying Together, 1988
A classic text of the church, "Te Deum Laudamus" has been a staple item in many liturgies and is sometimes extended with versicles and responses. It is loved by all traditions of Christendom: Eastern, Roman Catholic, and Protestant. Much of the text consists of liturgical phrases and acclamations, including some from the "Gloria in excelsis Deo" (see 247). Over the centuries many composers have set this text in large choral works; it has been translated and versified into many languages and expressed in numerous hymns.
A German versification of the "Te Deum" ("Grosser Gott, wir loben dich") appeared anonymously in the Katholisches Gesangbuch (Vienna, around 1774) at the request of Empress Maria Theresa of Austria. Four years later that versification was also published by Ignaz Franz (b. Protzau, Silesia, 1719; d. Breslau [Poland], 1790) with small alterations; thus it is attributed to Franz in some modern sources. Franz was a Roman Catholic priest who studied at Glas and Breslau. He held a number of church positions, the longest (1766 until his death) as an assistant in the ecclesiastical court in Breslau. Franz published ten books, the most important a Roman Catholic hymnal, Katholisches Gesangbuch (c. 1774), which contained forty-seven of his hymns.
A rather free English translation of the German and Latin by Clarence A. Walworth b. Plattsburg, NY, 1820; d. Albany, NY, 1900) was published in a Redemptorist Father's hymnal in 1853 and was reprinted in Dublin's Catholic Psalmist in 1858.
Walworth was born into a Presbyterian home. After studying at Union College in Schenectady, New York, he was admitted to the bar in 1841. His interest in theology led to studies for the Episcopalian ministry at General Theological Seminary in New York City, but under the influence of the Oxford Movement he became a Roman Catholic in 1845 and joined the Redemptorist Order. In 1848 he was ordained as "Clarence Alphonsus" at the Redemptorist college in Wittem, the Netherlands. Walworth served as a priest in Troy, New York and in Albany, New York. One of the founders of the Paulist Order, he fought industrial abuses, took up the cause of Native Americans on the St. Regis reservation, and wrote poetry and hymns. He was stricken with blindness during the last ten years of his life. His best-known publication is The Oxford Movement in America (1895).
The Psalter Hymnal includes Walworth's stanzas 1-4, which cover only the first half of the "Te Deum." We and all creation praise our God and Lord (st. 1); all the angels sing their praise to God (st. 2); saints in heaven and the church on earth praise God (st. 3); we praise the triune God (st. 4). The two halves of this part of the "Te Deum" are carefully balanced: stanza 2 ends with the angels' threefold Sanctus; stanza 4 concludes with a Gloria Patri.
An opening hymn at Sunday morning worship services (as is traditional for the 'Te Deum"); an extended doxology for festive occasions.
--Psalter Hymnal Handbook
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|Instances (31)||First Line||Text Title||Refrain First Line||Authors||Composers||Meter||Scripture||Tune Title||Tune Key||Incipit||Languages||Publication Date|
|A New Hymnal for Colleges and School #41||Holy God, we praise your name||Großer Gott, wir loben dich||1992|
|Celebrating Grace Hymnal #9||Holy God, we praise Your name||Holy God, We Praise Your Name||Ignaz Franz; Clarence Walworth||22.214.171.124.7.7||GROSSER GOTT||2010|
|Celebration Hymnal #2||Holy God, we praise Thy name||Holy God, We Praise Thy Name||Ignaz Franz; Clarence A. Walworth||126.96.36.199.7.7||Psalm 145:1||GROSSER GOTT||F Major||English||1997|
|Christian Worship: a Lutheran hymnal #278||Holy God, we praise your name||Holy God, We Praise Your Name||Ruth M. Glaeske, b. 1941; Clarence A. Walworth||188.8.131.52.7.7||GROSSER GOTT, WIR LOBEN DICH||F Major or modal||1993|
|Church Hymnal, Fifth Edition #700||Holy God, we praise thy name||2000|
|Common Praise #334||Holy God, we praise your name||Holy God, We Praise Your Name||Ignaz Franz (1719-1790); Clarence Alphonsus Walworth (1820-1900)||184.108.40.206.7.7||Psalm 22:22-30; Isaiah 6:1-8; Ezekiel 1:1 - 2:2; Revelation 4:1-11; Revelation 5:1-14; Psalm 22:22-30; Isaiah 6:1-8; Ezekiel 1:1 - 2:2; Revelation 4:1-11; Revelation 5:1-14||GROSSER GOTT||F Major or modal||German; English||1998|
|Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #43||Holy God, we praise Thy name||Holy God, We Praise Thy Name||C. A. Walworth, 1820-1900||220.127.116.11.7.7||GROSSER GOTT, WIR LOBEN DICH||F Major||German; English||1996|
|Evangelical Lutheran Worship #414||Holy God, we praise your name||Clarence A. Walworth, 1820-1900||18.104.22.168.7.7||GROSSER GOTT||F Major or Modal||2006|
|Gather Comprehensive #524||Holy God, we praise thy name||Holy God, We Praise Thy Name||Ignaz Franz, 1719-1790; Clarence Walworth, 1820-1900||22.214.171.124.7.7||Isaiah 6:2-3; Ephesians 1:19-23; Hebrews 12:1-3; Revelation 4; Revelation 5||GROSSER GOTT||F Major||German; English||1994|
|Gather Comprehensive, Second Edition #519||Holy God, we priase thy name!||Holy God, We Praise Thy Name||Ignaz Franz, 1719-1790; Clarence Walworth, 1820-1900||126.96.36.199.7.7||GROSSER GOTT||F Major or modal||German; English||2004|
|Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #366||Holy God, we praise thy Name||Ignaz Franz, 1719-1790; Clarence Walworth, 1820-1900; F. Bland Tucker, 1895-1984||Charles Winfred Douglas, 1867-1944; Conrad Kocher, 1786-1872||188.8.131.52.7.7||GROSSER GOTT||F Major or modal||English||1985|
|Hymns for a Pilgrim People #2||Holy God, we praise Thy name; Lord of all, we bow before Thee||GROSSER GOTT, WIR LOBEN DICH||2007|
|Hymns of Truth & Light #28||Holy God, we praise your name||GROSSER GOTT, WIR LOBEN DICH||1998|
|Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #540||Holy God, we praise your name||Holy God, We Praise Your Name||Clarence A. Walhout; Ignaz Franz||Emily R. Brink||184.108.40.206.7.7||Isaiah 6:3; Revelation 4:8||GROSSER GOTT||F Major or modal||2013|
|Lutheran Service Book #940||Holy God, we praise Thy name||Holy God, We Praise Thy Name||Clarence A. Walworth, 1820-1900||220.127.116.11.7.7||Revelation 7:9-14; 1 Peter 1:18-19; 1 Corinthians 15:20-23; Psalm 31:1-4||GROSSER GOTT||F Major or modal||English||2006|
|Presbyterian Hymnal #460||Holy God, we praise Your name||Holy God, We Praise Your Name||Ignaz Franz; Clarence Alphonsus Walworth||Johann Gottfried Schicht||18.104.22.168.7.7||Isaiah 6:2-3; Revelation 4:8-11||GROSSER GOTT, WIR LOBEN DICH||F Major||English||1990|
|Psalms for All Seasons: a complete Psalter for worship #149A||Holy God, we praise your name||Psalm 149 (A Responsorial Setting)||Hallelujah, sing to God||Clarence A. Walworth; Ignaz Franz||Psalm 149||GROSSER GOTT (fragment)||F Major or modal||2012|
|Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #504||Holy God, we praise your name||Holy God, We Praise Your Name||Ignace Franz; Clarence Alphonsus Walworth (1820-1900)||Emily R. Brink||22.214.171.124.7.7||Isaiah 6:3; Revelation 4:8-11; Revelation 4:11; Philippians 2:11||GROSSER GOTT||F Major||English||1987|
|Rejoice in the Lord #619||Holy God, we praise your name||Holy God, We Praise Your Name||I. Franz; R. Birch Hoyle||126.96.36.199.7.7||GROSSER GOTT||F Major||English||1985|
|Revival Hymns and Choruses #16||Holy God, we praise Thy name Lord of all, we bow before Thee!||Holy God, We Praise Thy Name||Ignace Franz; Clarence Walworth||188.8.131.52||GROSSER GOTT||F Major||English||1982|
|Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal #30||Holy God, we praise Your name||GROSSER GOTT||1985|
|Sing Joyfully #28||Holy God, we praise Thy name||Holy God, We Praise Thy Name||Clarence A. Walworth||[Holy God, we praise Thy name]||F Major or modal||English||1989|
|The Christian Life Hymnal #3||Holy God, we praise Thy name||Holy God, We Praise Thy Name||Grosser Gott, Wir Loben Dich||2006|
|The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration #12||Holy God, we praise Thy name||Holy God, We Praise Thy Name||Ignace Franz; Clarence A. Walworth||Ken Barker||184.108.40.206.7.7||GROSSER GOTT||F Major or modal||1986|
|The New Century Hymnal #276||Holy God, we praise your name||Holy God, We Praise Your Name||Anon.||Johann Gottfried Schicht||220.127.116.11.7.7||Revelation 4:8-11||GROSSER GOTT, WIR LOBEN DICH||F Major or modal||1995|
|The United Methodist Hymnal #79||Holy God, we praise thy name||Holy God, We Praise Thy Name||Clarence Walworth; F. Bland Tucker; Ignaz Franz||18.104.22.168.7.7||GROSSER GOTT||F Major||German; English||1989|
|The Worshiping Church #3||Holy God we praise your name||Holy God, We Praise Your Name||Ignaz Franz; Clarence A. Walworth||Donald P. Hustad||22.214.171.124.7.7||Isaiah 6:3||GROSSER GOTT, WIR LOBEN DICH||f minor||English||1990|
|Together in Song: Australian Hymn Book II #127||Holy God, we praise thy name||1999|
|Trinity Hymnal #103||Holy God, we praise your name||Holy God, We Praise Your Name||Ignace Franz; Clarence Alphonsus Walworth (1820-1900)||126.96.36.199.7.7||Revelation 4:11; Philippians 2:11; Isaiah 6:3; John 10:30; Philippians 2:9-11; Revelation 11:15||GROSSER GOT, WIR LOBEN DICH||F Major||English||1990|
|Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #894||Grand Dieu, nous te bénissons (Holy God, we praise your name)||Song of Praise to the Holy Trinity (Grand Dieu, Nous Te Bénissons) (Holy God, We Praise Your Name)||R. Gerald Hobbs; Clarence A. Walworth; Ignaz Franz; Henri-Louis Empeytaz||188.8.131.52.7.7||GROSSER GOTT||F Major or modal||German; French||1996|
|Worship and Rejoice #138||Holy God, we praise your name||Holy God, We Praise Your Name||Ignaz Franz, 1719-1790; Clarence A. Walworth, 1820-1900||184.108.40.206.7.7||Romans 8:34; Psalm 45:17; Revelation 6:11; Isaiah 6:3; Philippians 2:10; Psalm 66:8; Revelation 7:9-17; Psalm 30:4; Revelation 5:9-14; Psalm 145:10; Psalm 22:3; Revelation 4:6-11; Psalm 117:1; Revelation 11:15||GROSSER GOTT||F Major or modal||2001|