Thou art the Christ, O Lord

Thou art the Christ, O Lord

Author: William Walsham How
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1 "Thou art the Christ, O Lord,
The Son of God, most high!"
Forever be adored,
That Name in earth and sky.
In which, tho' mortal strength may fail,
The saints of God at last prevail!

2 Oh, surely he was blest,
With blessedness unpriced,
Who taught of God, confessed
The Godhead in the Christ!
For of Thy Church, Lord, Thou didst own
Thy saint a true foundation-stone.

3 Thrice fallen, thrice restored!
The bitter lesson learnt,
That heart for Thee, O Lord,
With triple ardor burnt.
The cross he took he laid not down
Until he grasped the martyr's crown.

4 Oh bright triumphant faith!
Oh courage void of fears!
Oh love, most strong in death!
Oh penitential tears!
By these, Lord, keep us lest we fall,
And make us go where Thou shalt call.


The Hymnal: revised and enlarged as adopted by the General Convention of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America in the year of our Lord 1892

Author: William Walsham How

How, William Walsham, D.D., son of William Wybergh How, Solicitor, Shrewsbury, was born Dec. 13, 1823, at Shrewsbury, and educated at Shrewsbury School and Wadham College, Oxford (B.A. 1845). Taking Holy Orders in 1846, he became successively Curate of St. George's, Kidderminster, 1846; and of Holy Cross, Shrewsbury, 1848. In 1851 he was preferred to the Rectory of Whittington, Diocese of St. Asaph, becoming Rural Dean in 1853, and Hon. Canon of the Cathedral in 1860. In 1879 he was appointed Rector of St. Andrew's Undershaft, London, and was consecrated Suffragan Bishop for East London, under the title of the Bishop of Bedford, and in 1888 Bishop of Wakefield. Bishop How is the author of the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge Commen… Go to person page >



John Ireland (b. Bowdon, Cheshire, England, 1879; d. Rock Mill, Washington, Sussex, England, 1962) composed LOVE UNKNOWN in 1918 for the text "My song is love unknown"; the tune was first published in The Public School Hymn Book of 1919. A letter in the London Daily Telegraph of April 5, 1950, claim…

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Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #321Text
Common Praise (1998) #271
Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #236a
Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #236b
Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #254Text
Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Standard Edition #317
Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #764
The Cyber Hymnal #6464TextScoreAudio
The New English Hymnal #172
Include 11 pre-1979 instances