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Be thou exalted, O our God

Full Text

1 Be thou exalted, O my God,
Above the heav'ns where angels dwell;
Thy pow'r on earth be known abroad,
And land to land thy wonders tell.

2 My heart is fix'd; my tongue shall raise
Immortal honours to thy name;
Awake, my tongue, to sound his praise —
My tongue, the glory of my frame.

3 In thee, my God, are all the springs
Of boundless love, and grace unknown;
All the rich blessings Nature brings
Are gifts descending from thy throne.

4 High o'er the earth thy goodness reigns,
and reaches to the utmost sky;
Thy truth to endless years remains,
When lower worlds dissolve and die.

5 Be thou exalted, O my God,
Above the heav'ns, where angels dwell;
Thy pow'r on earth be known abroad,
And land to land thy wonders tell.


Source: A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Publick Worship #XLVII

Author: Isaac Watts

Isaac Watts was the son of a schoolmaster, and was born in Southampton, July 17, 1674. He is said to have shown remarkable precocity in childhood, beginning the study of Latin, in his fourth year, and writing respectable verses at the age of seven. At the age of sixteen, he went to London to study in the Academy of the Rev. Thomas Rowe, an Independent minister. In 1698, he became assistant minister of the Independent Church, Berry St., London. In 1702, he became pastor. In 1712, he accepted an invitation to visit Sir Thomas Abney, at his residence of Abney Park, and at Sir Thomas' pressing request, made it his home for the remainder of his life. It was a residence most favourable for his health, and for the prosecution of his literary… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Be thou exalted, O our God
Author: Isaac Watts

Tune

OLD HUNDREDTH

This tune is likely the work of the composer named here, but has also been attributed to others as shown in the instances list below. According to the Handbook to the Baptist Hymnal (1992), Old 100th first appeared in the Genevan Psalter, and "the first half of the tune contains phrases which may ha…

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EISENACH (Gesius)

MACHS MIT MIR was first published in the collection of music Das ander Theil des andern newen Operis Geistlicher Deutscher Lieder (1605) by Bartholomäus Gesius (b. Münchenberg, near Frankfurt, Germany, c. 1555; d. Frankfurt, 1613). A prolific composer, Gesius wrote almost exclusively for the churc…

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FEDERAL STREET

Henry Kemble Oliver (b. Beverly, MA, 1800; d. Salem, MA, 1885) composed FEDERAL STREET in 1832, possibly as an imitation of earlier psalm tunes in long meter. He took it to a music class taught by Lowell Mason (who may have contributed to the harmony); Mason (PHH 96) published it in his Boston Acade…

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Timeline

Instances

Instances (1 - 75 of 75)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
A Collection of Hymns and Sacred Songs. 19th ed. #d41
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Publick Worship #XLVIITextPage Scan
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Publick Worship #XLVIIPage Scan
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns, for Social and Private Worship #11Page Scan
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns, for Social and Private Worship (Rev. ed. with supplement) #11Page Scan
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns: from Watts, Doddridge, and others (4th ed. with an appendix) #64Page Scan
A Selection of Hymns and Psalms for Social and Private Worship (2nd ed. Enl. and Imp.) #48Page Scan
A Selection of Hymns and Psalms for Social and Private Worship (6th ed.) #48Page Scan
A Selection of Hymns and Psalms, for Social and Private Worship. (11th ed.) #48Page Scan
A Selection of Hymns and Psalms: for social and private worship (3rd ed. corr.) #48Page Scan
A Selection of Psalms and Hymns, Embracing all the Varieties of Subjects #P57Page Scan
A Selection of Sacred Poetry: consisting of psalms and hymns from Watts, Doddridge, Merrick, Scott, Cowper, Barbauld, Steele, and others (2nd ed.) #64Page Scan
A Selection of Sacred Poetry: consisting of psalms and hymns, from Watts, Doddridge, Merrick, Scott, Cowper, Barbauld, Steele ...compiled for the use of the Unitarian Church in Philadelphia #64Page Scan
African Methodist Episcopal hymn and tune book: adapted to the doctrine and usages of the church. #7Page Scan
Carmina Sacra: or, Boston Collection of Church Music: comprising the most popular psalm and hymn tunes in eternal use together with a great variety of new tunes, chants, sentences, motetts... #41aPage Scan
Carmina Sacra: or, Boston Collection of Church Music: comprising the most popular psalm and hymn tunes in eternal use together with a great variety of new tunes, chants, sentences, motetts... #72aPage Scan
Christian Hymn and Tune Book, for use in Churches, and for Social and Family Devotions #429Page Scan
Christian Hymns: adapted to the worship of God our Saviour in public and private devotion, compiled from the most approved ancient and modern authors, for the Central Universalist Society... #70Page Scan
Christian Praise: hymns and tunes for public worship #5Page Scan
Christian Praise: hymns and tunes for the use of the Baptist churches #5Page Scan
Church music: with selections for the ordinary occasions of public and social worship, from the Psalms and hymns of the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America #IPage Scan
Church Psalmody: a Collection of Psalms and Hymns adapted to public worship #P57.3Page Scan
Church Psalmody: a Collection of Psalms and Hymns Adapted to Public Worship #P57cPage Scan
Harmony in Praise #d15
Hymnal Adapted to the Doctrines and Usages of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Revised Edition #7Page Scan
Hymnal of the Presbyterian Church #5Page Scan
Hymns for Public Worship #209Page Scan
Hymns for Schools and Families #d48
Hymns for Schools and Families, Specailly Designed for the Children of the Church #19Page Scan
Hymns for Schools: with appropriate selections from scripture and tunes suited to the metres of the hymns (3rd ed.) #115Page Scan
Hymns, Collects, Anthems and Selections #d21
Joyful Songs; a choice collection of new Sunday School music #21Page Scan
Laudent Omnes #d16
Liturgy and Hymnal for the Use of the General Church of the New Jerusalem #d9
Manual of Christian Psalmody: a collection of psalms and hymns for public worship #P57cPage Scan
Psalms and Hymns, for Social and Private Worship #d52
Psalms and Hymns: adapted to social, private and public worship in the Cumberland Presbyterian Chruch #P57cPage Scan
Selah: a collection of psalm and hymn tunes, introits, anthems, chants, motetts, choruses, etc. adapted to the use of classes, private circles, and worship assemblies #53aPage Scan
Songs for the New Life #d35
Songs for the School #d12
The African Methodist Episcopal Hymn and Tune Book: adapted to the doctrines and usages of the church (6th ed.) #7Page Scan
The Baptist Hymn and Tune Book for Public Worship #113Page Scan
The Baptist Hymn and Tune Book, for Public Worship #53.113Page Scan
The Baptist Hymn Book #113Page Scan
The Baptist Praise Book #121Page Scan
The Baptist Psalmody: a selection of hymns for the worship of God #123Page Scan
The Bay State Collection of Church Music #d14
The Book of Praise: or, Hymns for Public and Social Worship #d52
The Book of Psalms Rendered in Metre and Set to Music #d18
The Brethren Hymnody: with tunes for the sanctuary, Sunday-school, prayer meeting and home circle #9Page Scan
The Canadian Baptist Hymn Book #99Page Scan
The Christian Hymn Book: a compilation of psalms, hymns and spiritual songs, original and selected (Rev. and enl.) #675Page Scan
The Christian Hymnal #d53
The Christian Hymnal: a choice collection of hymns and tunes for congregational and social worship #522Page Scan
The Church Hymn Book #d37
The College Hymnal: for divine service at Yale College in the Battell Chapel #71Page Scan
The Harp #127Page Scan
The Middlesex Hymn Book #d10
The Middlesex Hymn Book #d12
The Milton Hymnal #d21
The Modern Psalmist #d22
The Morning Hour: a daily song-service with responsive selections for schools #25Page Scan
The New England Sunday School Hymn Book #d17
The Palm: a collection of sacred music, for choirs, singing schools and conventions #94bPage Scan
The Philadelphia Hymn Book; or, a selection of sacred poetry, consisting of psalms and hymns from Watts...and others, adapted to public and private devotion #64Page Scan
The Praise Hymnary: a collection of sacred song #112Page Scan
The Psalmist: a new collection of hymns for the use of Baptist churches; with a supplement #113Page Scan
The Psalmist: a New Collection of Hymns for the Use of the Baptist Churches #113Page Scan
The Sabbath Hymn and Tune Book: for the service of song in the house of the Lord #30bPage Scan
The Sabbath Hymn Book. Baptist ed. #d72
The School Hymn and Tune Book #d15
The Southern Psalmist #d65
The Southern Psalmist. New ed. #d70
The Vestry Singing Book: being a selection of the most popular and approved tunes and hymns now extant, designed for social and religious meetings, family devotion, singing schools, etc. #19cPage Scan
Union Hymns: adapted to Social Meetings and Family Worship Selected from Church Psalmody, with Additional Hymns #d40



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