Thus speaks the high and lofty One

Thus speaks the high and lofty One

Published in 4 hymnals

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Thus speaks the high and lofty One;
ye tribes of earth, give ear;
The words of your Almighty King
with sacred rev’rence hear:

Amidst the majesty of heav’n
my throne is fixed on high;
And through eternity I hear
the praises of the sky:

Yet, looking down, I visit oft
the humble hallowed cell;
And with the penitent who mourn
’tis my delight to dwell;

The downcast spirit to revive,
the sad in soul to cheer;
And from the bed of dust the man
of heart contrite to rear.

With me dwells no relentless wrath
against the human race;
The souls which I have formed shall find
a refuge in my grace.

Scottish Psalter and Paraphrases

Text Information

First Line: Thus speaks the high and lofty One
Meter: 8.6.8.6

Notes

Thus speaks [saith] the high and lofty One. J. Logan. [God with the Humble.] Published in theScottish Translations and Paraphrases, 1781, No. 27, on Is. lvii. 15,16, in 5 stanzas of 4 lines. In Miss Jane E. Leeson's Paraphrases & Hymns, 1853, this text is given in an altered form as, "Thus saith the high and lofty One."

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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