1 Begin, my soul, the exalted lay;
Let each enraptured thought obey,
And praise the Almighty name;
Lo! heaven, and earth, and seas, and skies,
In one melodious concert rise,
To swell the inspiring theme.
2 Thou heaven of heavens, his vast abode,
Ye clouds, proclaim your Maker, God;
Ye thunders, speak his power;
Lo! on the lightning's fiery wing
In triumph rides the eternal King
The astonished worlds adore.
3 Ye deeps, with roaring billows, rise
To join the thunders of the skies;
Praise him who bids you roll;
His praise in softer notes declare,
Each whispering breeze of yielding air,
And breathe it to the soul.
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…