Praise the Lord Who Reigns Above

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1. Praise the Lord who reigns above
and keeps his court below;
praise the holy God of love
and all his greatness show;
praise him for his noble deeds,
praise him for his matchless power;
him from whom all good proceeds
let earth and heaven adore.

2. Celebrate th' eternal God
with harp and psaltery,
timbrels soft and cymbals loud
in this high praise agree;
praise with every tuneful string;
all the reach of heavenly art,
all the powers of music bring,
the music of the heart.

3. God, in whom they move and live,
let every creature sing,
glory to their Maker give,
and homage to their King.
Hallowed be thy name beneath,
as in heaven on earth adored;
praise the Lord in every breath,
let all things praise the Lord.

Author: Charles Wesley

Charles Wesley, M.A. was the great hymn-writer of the Wesley family, perhaps, taking quantity and quality into consideration, the great hymn-writer of all ages. Charles Wesley was the youngest son and 18th child of Samuel and Susanna Wesley, and was born at Epworth Rectory, Dec. 18, 1707. In 1716 he went to Westminster School, being provided with a home and board by his elder brother Samuel, then usher at the school, until 1721, when he was elected King's Scholar, and as such received his board and education free. In 1726 Charles Wesley was elected to a Westminster studentship at Christ Church, Oxford, where he took his degree in 1729, and became a college tutor. In the early part of the same year his religious impressions were much deepene… Go to person page >

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First Line: Praise ye the Lord, who reigns above, Yet loves his courts below
Title: Praise the Lord Who Reigns Above
Author: Charles Wesley (1743)
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Praise the Lord who reigns above


Praise the Lord Who reigns above. C. Wesley. [Ps. cl .] Published in Psalms & Hymns, 1743, in 4 stanzas of 8 lines (P. Works, 1868-72, vol. viii. p. 262.) In 1760 M. Madan gave st. i., ii. and iv. in his Psalms & Hymns, as No. 83. This arrangement was repeated by A. M. Toplady in his Psalms & Hymns, 1776, No. 307. From Toplady it passed into several collections with the name of Toplady as the author, as in Hatfield's Church Hymn Book, N. Y., 1872, No. 160. The form in 2 st. in the Islington Psalms & Hymns (ed. 1862, p. 95), which begins with the first line of the original, is considerably altered throughout. The full original text was given in the revised Wesleyan Hymn Book, 1875, for the first time.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



For more tune info, see Zahn 7341a or Hymn Tune Index 1648a-d. Note that attributions to James Nares don't appear until after 1820.

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[Praise the Lord, who reigns above]


LLANFAIR is usually attributed to Welsh singer Robert Williams (b. Mynydd Ithel, Anglesey, Wales, 1781; d. Mynydd Ithel, 1821), whose manuscript, dated July 14, 1817, included the tune. Williams lived on the island of Anglesey. A basket weaver with great innate musical ability, Williams, who was bli…

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