Join all the glorious names

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1 Join all the glorious names
of wisdom, love, and power,
that ever mortals knew,
that angels ever bore:
all are too mean to speak his worth,
too mean to set my Saviour forth.

2 But O what gentle terms,
what condescending ways
doth our Redeemer use
to teach his heavenly grace!
Mine eyes with joy and wonder see
what forms of love he bears for me.

3 Great Prophet of my God,
my tongue would bless thy name;
by thee the joyful news
of our salvation came:
the joyful news of sins forgiven,
of hell subdued and peace with heaven.

4 Jesus my great High-Priest
offered his blood and died;
my guilty conscience seeks
no sacrifice beside:
his powerful blood did once atone,
and now it pleads before the throne.

5 My dear almighty Lord,
my Conqueror and my King,
thy sceptre and thy sword,
thy reign of grace, I sing;
thine is the power: behold I sit
in willing bonds before thy feet.

6 Now let my soul arise,
and tread the tempter down;
my Captain leads me forth
to conquest and a crown.
A feeble saint shall win the day,
though death and hell obstruct the way.

7 Should all the hosts of death,
and powers of hell unknown,
put their most dreadful forms
of rage and mischief on,
I shall be safe, for Christ displays
superior power, and guardian grace.

Source: Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #697

Author: Isaac Watts

Isaac Watts was the son of a schoolmaster, and was born in Southampton, July 17, 1674. He is said to have shown remarkable precocity in childhood, beginning the study of Latin, in his fourth year, and writing respectable verses at the age of seven. At the age of sixteen, he went to London to study in the Academy of the Rev. Thomas Rowe, an Independent minister. In 1698, he became assistant minister of the Independent Church, Berry St., London. In 1702, he became pastor. In 1712, he accepted an invitation to visit Sir Thomas Abney, at his residence of Abney Park, and at Sir Thomas' pressing request, made it his home for the remainder of his life. It was a residence most favourable for his health, and for the prosecution of his literary… Go to person page >

Notes

Join all the glorious Names. J. Watts. [Names and Titles of Jesus Christ.] Published in his Hymns & Sacred Songs, 1709, Book i., No. 150, in 12 stanzas of 8 lines, as the second of two hymns on "The Offices of Christ, from several Scriptures." It has been freely altered, abbreviated, and divided from M. Madan's Psalms & Hymns 1760, to the present time. The line which has caused most trouble to the editors has been stanza x., line 1, "My dear, Almighty Lord," the term "dear" being very objectionable to many. The line has undergone the following amongst other changes:—
1760. M. Madan. "Thou dear Almighty Lord."
1769. Ash & Evans. "My great Almighty Lord."
1830. Wesleyan Hymn Book "O Thou Almighty Lord."
1833. Bickersteth. "Divine Almighty Lord."
1835. H. V. Elliott. "Almighty, Sovereign Lord."
1851. J. H. Gurney. “Almighty, gracious Lord."
1858. Baptist Psalms & Hymns. "My Saviour and my Lord."
1876. Presbyterian Hymnal. "Jesus, Almighty Lord."
To this list may be traced most of the changes found in modern hymn-books. There are others also of less importance. In addition to abbreviations which begin with the original first line, there are also the following centos:—
1. Arrayed in mortal flesh. This was given in H. Conyers's Collection, 1774, in 5 stanzas, and in other hymn-books.
2. Great Prophet of my God. In Alford's Year of Praise, 1867, &c.
3. Jesus, my Great High Priest. This, in Spurgeon's Our Own Hymn Book, 1866, is composed of stanzas viii., vi., and ix. of this hymn, and stanza vi.," Immense compassion reigns," from No. 148 of Book i. of Watts's Hymns, "With cheerful voice I sing."
4. My dear Almighty Lord. In Spurgeon's Our Own Hymn Book, 1866, No. 372.
The original hymn is justly regarded as one of Watts's finest efforts. In its various forms its use is extensive in most English-speaking countries. It has been translation in whole, or in part, into various languages, including Latin, in R. Bingham's Hymnologia Christiana Latina, 1870, as "Pange nomen omne mirum."

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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DARWALL

Composed by John Darwall (b. Haughton, Staffordshire, England, 1731; d. Walsall, Staffordshire, England, 1789), DARWALL'S 148TH was first published as a setting for Psalm 148 in Aaron William's New Universal Psalmodist (1770) with only soprano and bass parts. The harmonization dates from the ninete…

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Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #697Text
Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #460TextPage Scan
Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #493Page Scan
Complete Mission Praise #392
Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #289TextPage Scan
Hymns for a Pilgrim People: a congregational hymnal #76
Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #214aText
Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #214bText
New English Praise: a supplement to the New English Hymnal #639a
New English Praise: a supplement to the New English Hymnal #639b
Praise! Our Songs and Hymns #71
Rejoice in the Lord #369TextPage Scan
Renew! #270TextPage Scan
Sing Glory: Hymns, Psalms and Songs for a New Century #46
Sing Joyfully #55TextPage Scan
Small Church Music #163Audio
Small Church Music #1060Audio
Small Church Music #1485Audio
Small Church Music #2014Audio
The Celebration Hymnal: songs and hymns for worship #132TextPage Scan
The Christian Life Hymnal #43
The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #314
The Cyber Hymnal #3389TextScoreAudio
The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration #111TextPage Scan
The Worshiping Church #85Page Scan
Together in Song: Australian hymn book II #205
Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #301TextPage Scan
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