Sanctissimus

Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness, Bow down before Him, His glory proclaim

Author: John S. B. Monsell
Opening Hymns
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1 O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness;
bow down before him, his glory proclaim;
with gold of obedience, and incense of lowliness,
kneel and adore him: the Lord is his name.

2 Low at his feet lay thy burden of carefulness:
high on his heart he will bear it for thee,
comfort thy sorrows, and answer thy prayerfulness,
guiding thy steps as may best for thee be.

3 Fear not to enter his courts in the slenderness
of the poor wealth thou wouldst reckon as thine:
truth in its beauty, and love in its tenderness,
these are the offerings to lay on his shrine.

4 These, though we bring them in trembling and fearfulness,
he will accept for the name that is dear;
mornings of joy give for evenings of tearfulness,
trust for our trembling and hope for our fear.

5 O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness;
bow down before him, his glory proclaim;
with gold of obedience, and incense oflowliness,
kneel and adore him: the Lord is his name.

Source: Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #103

Author: John S. B. Monsell

Monsell, John Samuel Bewley, L.L.D., son of Thomas Bewley Monsell, Archdeacon of Londonderry, was born at St. Columb's, Londonderry, March 2,1811, and educated at Trinity College, Dublin (B.A. 1832, LL.D. 1856). Taking Holy Orders in 1834, "he was successively Chaplain to Bishop Mant, Chancellor of the diocese of Connor, Rector of Ramoan, Vicar of Egham, diocese Worcester, and Rector of St. Nicholas's, Guildford. He died in consequence of a fall from the roof of his church, which was in the course of rebuilding, April 9, 1875. His prose works include Our New Vicar, 1867; The Winton Church Catechist, &c. His poetical works are:— (1) Hymns and Miscellaneous Poems, Dublin, W. Curry, Jun., & Co., 1837; (2) Parish Musings, or Devotional Poem… Go to person page >

Notes

O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness. J. S. B. Monsell. [Epiphany; or, Divine Worship.] This hymn for the Epiphany is found in two forms, both by Dr. Monsell, and each is in common use. The first and most extensively used is the original, which opens with O worship,” &c. It was published in his Hymns of Love and Praise, 1863, p. 103, in 5 stanza of 4 lines. It is found, sometimes altered, in a large number of hymn-books in Great Britain and America. Original text in Taring's Collection, 1882. The second form is Dr. Monsell's revision of the 1863 text which he made for, and included in, his Parish Hymnal in 1873, No. 85, as, "Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness." This is almost unknown.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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Media

The Book of Common Praise: being the hymn book of The Church of England in Canada (revised 1938) #98b
The Cyber Hymnal #5535
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The Cyber Hymnal #7631
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Small Church Music #256
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Small Church Music #3267
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Small Church Music #6206
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Instances

Instances (1 - 25 of 25)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #103Text
Baptist Hymnal 1991 #115
Church Hymnal, Fifth Edition #196
Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #201TextPage Scan
Common Praise (1998) #385TextPage Scan
Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #89Page Scan
Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #564
Hymns and Psalms: a Methodist and ecumenical hymn book #505
Hymns for a Pilgrim People: a congregational hymnal #416
Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #344Text
Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #583
Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal #6
Singing the Faith #34
Small Church Music #256Audio
Small Church Music #1799Audio
Small Church Music #3267Audio
Small Church Music #6206Audio
The Celebration Hymnal: songs and hymns for worship #289
The Christian Life Hymnal #143
The Cyber Hymnal #5535TextScore
The Cyber Hymnal #7631TextScoreAudio
The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration #165Text
The New English Hymnal #52TextPage Scan
Together in Song: Australian hymn book II #454
Worship Together #1
Include 90 pre-1979 instances



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