Holy Majesty, before You

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1 Holy 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,
Thro' whom Thy grace is won,
And Thy Spirit
Dwelleth within to cleanse from sin
Whom thine own Son hath died to win.

3 Choirs of faithful voices name Thee,
And all Thy chosen seed proclaim Thee,
Most holy, holy, holy Lord.
Hear Thy ransomed children praying
That we may do Thy will, ne'er straying
Away from Thee, nor from Thy Word.
Vouchsafe to us Thy love,
Thy wisdom from above;
Grant us, Father,
That in its light we walk aright
In holiness as in Thy sight.

4 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
Till glorified our tongues shall render
To Thee our praise without surcease,
Where hosts of Cherubim
And countless Seraphim
Sing, Hosanna,
Holy is God, almighty God,
All-merciful and all-wise God!


Source: The Hymnal and Order of Service #315

Translator: 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: S. Headborn

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First Line: Holy Majesty before you
Title: Holy Majesty, before You
Translator: August W. Kjellstrand
Author: S. Headborn
Meter: P M
Language: English
Copyright: Tr. © Board of Publication, Lutheran Church in America