Lord, Thy Glory Fills the Heaven

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1 Lord, Thy glory fills the heaven;
Earth is with its fullness stored;
Unto Thee be glory given,
Holy, holy, holy, Lord.
Heav'n is still with anthems ringing;
Earth takes up the angels' cry,
Holy, holy, holy, singing,
Lord of hosts, Thou Lord most high.

2 Ever thus in God's high praises,
Brethren, let our tongues unite,
While our tho'ts His greatness raises,
And our love His gifts excite:
With His seraph train before Him,
With His holy Church below,
Thus unite we to adore Him,
Bid we thus our anthem flow.

3 Lord, Thy glory fills the heaven;
Earth is with its fullness stored;
Unto Thee be glory given,
Holy, holy, holy Lord.
Thus Thy glorious Name confessing,
We adopt the angels' cry,
Holy, holy, holy blessing
Thee, the Lord our God most high.

Source: The New Christian Hymnal #6

Author: Richard Mant

Mant, Richard D.D., son of the Rev. Richard Mant, Master of the Grammar School, Southampton, was born at Southampton, Feb. 12, 1776. He was educated at Winchester and Trinity, Oxford (B.A. 1797, M.A., 1799). At Oxford he won the Chancellor's prize for an English essay: was a Fellow of Oriel, and for some time College Tutor. On taking Holy Orders he was successively curate to his father, then of one or two other places, Vicar of Coggeshall, Essex, 1810; Domestic Chaplain to the Archbishop of Canterbury, 1813, Rector of St. Botolph, Bishopsgate, London. 1816, and East Horsley, 1818, Bishop of Killaloe, 1820, of Down and Connor, 1823, and of Dromore, 1842. He was also Bampton Lecturer in 1811. He died Nov. 2, 1848. His prose works were numerou… Go to person page >

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First Line: Lord, thy glory fills the heaven
Title: Lord, Thy Glory Fills the Heaven
Author: Richard Mant


Lord, Thy glory fills the heaven. Bishop R. Mant. [Holy Trinity.] This hymn, extending from 1 stanza of 8 lines in the Cooke and Denton Hymnal, 1853, to 3 stanzas of 8 lines in Laudes Domini, N. Y., 1881, is from Bp. Mant's "Bright the vision that delighted". It is in extensive use, especially in America.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)




Henry T. Smart (PHH 233) composed REX GLORIAE for this text; the hymn was published in the 1868 Appendix to Hymns Ancient and Modern. Stanley L. Osborne (PHH 395) suggests that Smart initially intended REX GLORIAE as a tune for children. Derived from the topic of Wordsworth's text, the tune's name m…

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