Be thou exalted, O our God

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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 >

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

Tune

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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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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Instances

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A Collection of Hymns and Sacred Songs. 19th ed. #d41

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Publick Worship #XLVII

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Publick Worship #XLVII

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns, for Social and Private Worship #11

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A Selection of Hymns and Psalms for Social and Private Worship (6th ed.) #48

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A Selection of Hymns and Psalms, for Social and Private Worship. (11th ed.) #48

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A Selection of Hymns and Psalms: for social and private worship (3rd ed. corr.) #48

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African Methodist Episcopal hymn and tune book: adapted to the doctrine and usages of the church. #7

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Christian Praise: hymns and tunes for public worship #5

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Christian Praise: hymns and tunes for the use of the Baptist churches #5

Harmony in Praise #d15

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Hymnal of the Presbyterian Church #5

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Hymns for Public Worship #209

Hymns for Schools and Families #d48

Hymns, Collects, Anthems and Selections #d21

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Joyful Songs; a choice collection of new Sunday School music #21

Laudent Omnes #d16

Liturgy and Hymnal for the Use of the General Church of the New Jerusalem #d9

Psalms and Hymns, for Social and Private Worship #d52

Songs for the New Life #d35

Songs for the School #d12

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The Baptist Hymn and Tune Book for Public Worship #113

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The Baptist Hymn and Tune Book, for Public Worship #53.113

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The Baptist Hymn Book #113

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The Baptist Praise Book #121

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The Baptist Psalmody: a selection of hymns for the worship of God #123

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

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The Canadian Baptist Hymn Book #99

The Christian Hymnal #d53

The Church Hymn Book #d37

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The College Hymnal: for divine service at Yale College in the Battell Chapel #71

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The Harp #127

The Middlesex Hymn Book #d10

The Middlesex Hymn Book #d12

The Milton Hymnal #d21

The Modern Psalmist #d22

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The Morning Hour: a daily song-service with responsive selections for schools #25

The New England Sunday School Hymn Book #d17

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The Palm: a collection of sacred music, for choirs, singing schools and conventions #94b

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The Praise Hymnary: a collection of sacred song #112

The Sabbath Hymn Book. Baptist ed. #d72

The School Hymn and Tune Book #d15

The Southern Psalmist #d65

The Southern Psalmist. New ed. #d70

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