We sing the praise of Him who diedAuthor: Thomas Kelly (1815)
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1 We sing the praise of Him who died,
Of Him who died upon the cross;
The sinner's hope let all deride;
For this we count the world but loss.
2 Inscribed upon the cross we see,
In shining letters, "God is love."
He bears our sins upon the tree;
He brings us mercy from above.
3 The cross! It takes our guilt away;
It holds the fainting spirit up;
It cheers with hope the gloomy day
And sweetens ev'ry bitter cup.
4 It makes the coward spirit brave,
And nerves the feeble arm for fight;
It takes its terror from the grave
And gilds the bed of death with light;
5 The balm of life, the cure of woe,
The measure and the pledge of love,
The sinner's refuge here below,
The angels' theme in heav'n above.
6 To Christ, who won for sinners grace
By bitter grief and anguish sore,
Be praise from all the ransomed race
Forever and forevermore.
Source: Lutheran Service Book #429
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We sing the praise of Him Who died. T. Kelly. [Passiontide.] Appeared in Hymns by Thomas Kelly, not before Published, Dublin, 1815, No. 52, in 5 stanzas of 4 lines, and headed, "God forbid that I should glory save in the Cross: Gal. vi. 14." Here stanza v. reads:—
"The balm of life; the cure of woe;
The measure and the pledge of love:
'Tis all that sinners want below;
'Tis all that angels know above."
In later editions of Kelly's Hymns this stanza is altered by Kelly to:—
”The balm of life, the cure of woe,
The measure and the pledge of love;
The sinner's refuge here below,
The angel's theme in heaven above.”
This authorised text is that usually found in modern collections. InHymns Ancient & Modern, 1861, an additional stanza was given by the Compilers. The use of this hymn in all English-speaking countries is extensive. It has also been translated into several languages. The Rev. L. C. Biggs's rendering into Latin of the Hymns Ancient & Modern text in his annotated edition of Hymns Ancient & Modern, 1867, begins "Laudes canamus mortui." Lord Selborne [Sir R. Palmer] said at the York Church Congress, 1866 that this hymn "is distinguished by a calm subdued power, rising gradually from a rather low to a very high key [quotes, and continues], I doubt whether Montgomery ever wrote anything quite equal to this." In several collections this hymn begins with stanza ii., "Inscribed upon the Cross we see." An adaptation of the original text for use at Holy Communion is given in the Memoir of S. Medley, by his daughter, published in Liverpool in 1833. It begins with the same first line, and was probably made by Medley.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
|Instances (16)||First Line||Text Title||Refrain First Line||Authors||Composers||Meter||Scripture||Tune Title||Tune Key||Incipit||Languages||Publication Date|
|A New Hymnal for Colleges and Schools #45||We sing the praise of him who died||Breslau||1992|
|Church Hymnal, Fifth Edition #248||We sing the praise of him who died||2000|
|Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #405||We sing the praise of him who died||Thomas Kelly (1769-1855)||William Gardiner (1770-1853)||220.127.116.11||1 Corinthians 1:18-31; 1 Corinthians 2:2; 1 Corinthians 2:8; 1 Corinthians 15:3; 1 John 4:8-10; 1 Peter 2:21-24; Galatians 6:14; Isaiah 53:4-5; Revelation 5:11-14; Romans 5:1-11||WALTON (FULDA)||B Flat Major||English||2005|
|Common Praise (1998) #200||We sing the praise of him who died||We Sing the Praise of Him Who Died||Thomas Kelly (1769-1855)||Sydney Hugo Nicholson (1875-1947)||18.104.22.168||1 Corinthians 1:18-31; 1 Corinthians 2:1-16; Galatians 6:1-16; Ephesians 2:11-22; Philippians 1:12-30; Philippians 3:4-16; Colossians 2:6-15; 1 Peter 2:19-25; 1 John 4:7-21; 1 Corinthians 1:18-31; 1 Corinthians 2:1-16; Galatians 6:1-16; Ephesians 2:11-22; Philippians 1:12-30; Philippians 3:4-16; Colossians 2:6-15; 1 Peter 2:19-25; 1 John 4:7-21||BOW BRICKHILL||English||1998|
|Complete Anglican Hymns Old & New #739||We sing the praise of him who died||We sing the praise of him who died||2000|
|Complete Mission Praise #738||We sing the praise of him who died||22.214.171.124||2000|
|Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #471||We sing the praise of him who died||Thomas Kelly, 1769-1855||Felix Mendelssohn, 1809-1847||126.96.36.199||BRESLAU||G Major or modal||English||1985|
|Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Standard Edition #138||We sing the praise of him who died||188.8.131.52||1983|
|Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #146c||We sing the praise of him who died||T. Kelly (1769-1855)||BRESLAU||G Major or modal||1987|
|Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #146b||We sing the praise of him who died||T. Kelly (1769-1855)||W. H. Gladstone (1840-1891)||OMBERSLEY||C Major||1987|
|Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #146a||We sing the praise of him who died||T. Kelly (1769-1855)||S. H. Nicholson (1875-1947)||BOW BRICKHILL||1987|
|Hymns Old and New: New Anglican #536||We sing the praise of him who died||184.108.40.206||1996|
|Lutheran Service Book #429||We sing the praise of Him who died||We Sing the Praise of Him Who Died||Thomas Kelly, 1769-1855||Daniel Read, 1757-1836||220.127.116.11||Galatians 6:14; 1 John 4:8-10; Philippians 3:8; Revelation 5:12||WINDHAM||d minor or modal||English||2006|
|Rejoice in the Lord #296||We sing the praise of him who died||We Sing the Praise of Him Who Died||Thomas Kelly; Samuel Medley||Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy||18.104.22.168||Mark 15:26; Matthew 27:37; Luke 23:3-8; John 19:19; Galatians 6:14; Philippians 3:7-8||BRESLAU||A Flat Major||English||1985|
|Sing Glory: Hymns, Psalms and Songs for a New Century #390||We sing the praise of him who died||22.214.171.124||1999|
|Together in Song: Australian Hymn Book II #347||We sing the praise of him who died||126.96.36.199||1999|