Abashed be all the boast of ageAuthor: Reginald Heber
Tune: DUNDEE (Ravenscroft)
Published in 14 hymnals
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1 Abashed be all the boast of age!
Be hoary learning dumb!
Expounder of the mystic page,
Behold an infant come!
2 Oh, Wisdom, whose unfading power
Beside th’Eternal stood,
To frame, in nature’s earliest hour,
The land, the sky the flood;
3 Yet didst not Thou disdain awhile
An infant form to wear;
To bless Thy mother with a smile,
And lisp Thy faltered prayer.
4 But, in Thy Father’s own abode,
With Israel’s elders round,
Conversing high with Israel’s God,
Thy chiefest joy was found.
5 So may our youth adore Thy name!
And Savior, deign to bless
With fostering grace the timid flame
Of early holiness.
Source: The Cyber Hymnal #10921
Abash'd be all the boast of Age. Bishop R. Heber. [Epiphany.] Appeared in his posthumous Hymns, &c, 1827, pp. 27-8, in 5 stanzas of 4 lines as the first of two hymns for the First Sunday after Epiphany. In its original form it is not in common use, but stanzas ii.-v. as—"O Wisdom, whose unfading power"—is given in Kennedy, 1863, No. 229 (with alterations), and the Methodist Sunday School Hymn Book 1879,No.77, also slightly altered.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
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|The Cyber Hymnal #10921||Abashed Be All The Boast Of Age!||Abashed be all the boast of age!||DUNDEE||Reginald Heber, 1783-1826||CM||Published posthumously in <cite>Hymns Written and Adapted to the Weekly Church Service of the Year</cite> (London: J. Murray, 1827)|