Lift up your hearts, We lift them, Lord, to thee

Lift up your hearts, We lift them, Lord, to thee

Author: Henry Montagu Butler
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1 'Lift up your hearts!' We lift them, Lord, to thee;
here at thy feet none other may we see:
'lift up your hearts!' E'en so, with one accord,
we lift them up, we lift them to the Lord.

2 Above the level of the former years,
the mire of sin, the slough of guilty fears,
the mist of doubt, the blight of love's decay,
O Lord of light, lift all our hearts to-day.

3 Above the swamps of subterfuge and shame,
the deeds, the thoughts, that honour may not name,
the halting tongue that dares not tell the whole,
O Lord of truth, lift every Christian soul.

4 Lift every gift that thou thyself hast given:
low lies the best till lifted up to heaven;
low lie the bounding heart, the teeming brain,
till, sent from God, they mount to God again.

5 Then, as the trumpet-call in after years,
'Lift up your hearts!' rings pealing in our ears,
still shall those hearts respond with full accord,
'We lift them up, we lift them to the Lord!'

Source: Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #708

Author: Henry Montagu Butler

Butler, Henry Montagu, D.D., was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, and graduated B.A. as Senior Classic in 1855, and became a Fellow of his college in 1855. Taking Holy Orders in 1859, he became Head Master of Harrow School in 1859. This position he held until 1885, when he was preferred to the Deanery of Gloucester. He held the deanery for a short time only, and became Master of Trinity College, Cambridge, on the death of Dr. W. H. Thompson in 1886. Dr. Butler has also held the important appointments of Hon. Chaplain to the Queen; Examining Chaplain to Archbishops Tait and Benson; Select Preacher at Oxford, 1882; and Preb. of Holborn in St. Paul's Cathedral. Dr. Butler edited the 3rd edition of Hymns for the Chapel of Harrow School,… Go to person page >


Lift up your hearts! We lift them, Lord, to Thee. H. M. Butler. [Thanksgiving and Praise]. Contributed to the Harrow School Hymn Book, 1881, from which it has passed into several later collections, including The Public School Hymn Book, 1903, The English Hymnal, 1906, and others.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)



WOODLANDS is a perfect match for the bold text. Walter Greatorex (b. Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, England, 1877; d. Bournemouth, Hampshire, England, 1949) composed this tune in 1916, and it was published in the Public School Hymn Book in 1919. The tune's title refers to one of the schoolhouses at Gre…

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Instances (1 - 16 of 16)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #708Text
Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #518Text
Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #500a
Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #500b
Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #395
Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Standard Edition #241
Hymns and Psalms: a Methodist and ecumenical hymn book #405
Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #366aText
Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #366bText
Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #439
Hymns Old and New: New Anglican #304
Small Church Music #1382Audio
Small Church Music #1924Audio
The Cyber Hymnal #3751TextScoreAudio
The New Century Hymnal #38
The New English Hymnal #398TextPage Scan
Include 46 pre-1979 instances