Blackie, John Stuart, LL.D., born at Glasgow, July, 1809, and educated at Marischal College, Aberdeen, and at the University of Edinburgh. After a residence on the Continent for educational purposes, he was called to the Bar in 1834. In 1841, he was appointed Professor of Latin in Marischal College, Aberdeen, and in 1850 Professor of Greek in the University of Edinburgh. On the death of Dr. Guthrie he was for some time the Editor of the Sunday Magazine. His published works include:— A Metrical Translation of AEschylus, 1850; Pronunciation of Greek, 1852; Lyrical Poems, 1860; Homer and the Iliad, 4 vols., 1869, &c.; Lays and Legends of Ancient Greece, &c, 1857; and Songs of Religion and Life, 1876. To the hymnological student he is known b… Go to person page >
Angels holy, high and lowly. By J. S. Blackie. This rendering of the Benedicite appeared in Dr. Bonar's Bible Hymn Book, 1845, No. 90, in 12 stanzas of 6 lines, and again in Dr. Blackie's Lays and Legends of Ancient Greece, 1857, p. 163, in 7 stanzas of 4 lines, and headed "Benedicite." Professor Blackie, in a note thereto, says:—
"This hymn was composed by me for the very "beautiful Burschen melody, Alles Scheige, the music and words of which will be found in the collection of Burschen Melodies, published by me in Tait's Magazine for 1840, vol. vii. p. 259. Many of these melodies, though used on convivial occasions, have a solemnity about them, in virtue of which they are well fitted for the service of the Sanctuary" (p. 359). This rendering of the Benedicite is gaining in popular favour, and is found in several hymnals.
-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
Angels holy, high and lowly, p. 134, i. 4. This rendering of the Benedicite by J. S. Blackie appeared in the London Inquirer, Sep. 1840, p. 422.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)
Display Title: Angels Holy, High and LowlyFirst Line: Angels holy, high and lowlyTune Title: LLANHERNEAuthor: John BlackieMeter: 87.887Source: A canticle from the Septuagint; Trans: Bible Hymn Book, by Horatius Bonar, 1845