Stand up, and bless the Lord

Full Text

1 Stand up and bless the Lord,
All people of His choice;
Stand up and bless the Lord your God
With heart and soul and voice.

2 Though high above all praise,
Above all blessing high,
Who would not fear His holy name,
And laud and magnify?

3 Oh for the living flame
From His own altar brought,
To touch our lips our minds inspire,
And wing to heaven our thought!

4 God is our strength and song,
And His salvation ours;
Then be His love in Christ proclaimed
With all our ransomed powers.

5 Stand up and bless the Lord;
The Lord your God adore;
Stand up and bless His glorious name,
Henceforth forevermore.

Source: Baptist Hymnal 2008 #137

Author: James Montgomery

Montgomery, James, son of John Montgomery, a Moravian minister, was born at Irvine, Ayrshire, Nov. 4, 1771. In 1776 he removed with his parents to the Moravian Settlement at Gracehill, near Ballymena, county of Antrim. Two years after he was sent to the Fulneck Seminary, Yorkshire. He left Fulneck in 1787, and entered a retail shop at Mirfield, near Wakefield. Soon tiring of that he entered upon a similar situation at Wath, near Rotherham, only to find it quite as unsuitable to his taste as the former. A journey to London, with the hope of finding a publisher for his youthful poems ended in failure; and in 1792 he was glad to leave Wath for Shefield to join Mr. Gales, an auctioneer, bookseller, and printer of the Sheffield Register newspap… Go to person page >

Notes

Stand up and bless the Lord. J. Montgomery. [Praise and Thanksgiving.] Written for the Sheffield Red Hill Wesleyan Sunday School Anniversary, held on Mar. 15, 1824; and also used at the Whitsuntide gathering of the Sheffield Wesleyan Sunday School Union, on the Whit-Monday of that year. The opening lines of the original read:—

"Stand up and bless the Lord,
Ye children of His choice."

When Montgomery included it in his Christian Psalmist, 1825, No. 558, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines, he altered this opening to:—

"Stand up and bless the Lord,
Ye people of His choice:"

and this was repeated in his Original Hymns, 1853, No. 86. In J. H. Thorn's Hymns, &c, 1858, it begins, “Arise, and bless the Lord: " and in the American Songs for the Sanctuary, N. Y., 1865, "0 Thou above all praise" (stanzas ii. altered). It is in extensive use in all English-speaking countries, and usually the 1825 text is followed.

-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

Tune

ST. THOMAS (Williams)

ST. THOMAS is actually lines 5 through 8 of the sixteen-line tune HOLBORN, composed by Aaron Williams (b. London, England, 1731; d. London, 1776) and published in his Collection (1763, 1765) as a setting for Charles Wesley's text "Soldiers of Christ, Arise" (570). The harmonization is by Lowell Maso…

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ST. MICHAEL (Genevan)


CARLISLE (Lockhart)


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The Cyber Hymnal #6357
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Baptist Hymnal 2008 #137TextImage
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Church Hymnal, Fifth Edition #370
Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #202Text
Common Praise (1998) #350Text
Complete Anglican Hymns Old & New #629
Complete Mission Praise #615
Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Standard Edition #201
Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #351
Hymns Old and New: New Anglican #456
Presbyterian Hymnal: hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs #491TextImage
Rejoice in the Lord #499Text
Sing Glory: Hymns, Psalms and Songs for a New Century #63
Sing Joyfully #100TextImage
The Book of Hymns (A fresh anthology of favourite hymns) #20
The Celebration Hymnal: songs and hymns for worship #65TextImage
The Christian Life Hymnal #34
The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #43
The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration #21
The United Methodist Hymnal #662TextImageAudioScore
The Worshiping Church #41TextImage
Together in Song: Australian Hymn Book II #449
Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #15TextImage
Worship and Rejoice #11TextImageAudioScore



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