1 Begin, my soul, th' exalted lay;
Let each enraptured thought obey,
And praise the Almighty's name:
Lo! heaven and earth and seas and skies,
In one melodious concert rise,
To swell th' inspiring theme.
2 Ye fields of light celestial plains,
Where gay transporting beauty reigns,
Ye scenes divinely fair,
Your Makers wondrous power proclaim,
Tell how he formed your shining frame,
And breathed the fluid air.
3 Ye angels, catch the thrilling sound,
While all th' adoring thrones around
His boundless mercy sing:
Let every listening saint above
Wake all the tuneful soul of love,
And touch the sweetest string.
4 Let every element rejoice,
Ye thunder's burst with awful voice,
To him who bids you roll:
His praise in softer notes declare:
Each whispering breeze of yielding air,
And breathe it to the soul.
5 Let man, by noblest passions swayed,
The feeling heart, the thoughtful head,
In heavenly praise employ:
Spread his tremendous name around,
Till heav'n's broad arch rings back the sound,
The general burst of joy!
John Ogilvie was born in 1733, and was minister of Midmar, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, from 1759 until his death in 1814. He published some theological and philosophical treatises, and a number of poems.
--Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, M.A. 1872.… Go to person page >
Better known for his gospel songs than his hymn tunes, James McGranahan (PHH 99) wrote FRANCES in the latter part of the nineteenth century. Copyrighted in 1901 by McGranahan, the tune was set to this text in the 1912 Psalter and in every edition of the Psalter Hymnal.
FRANCES is a rousing tune with…