Begin the high, celestial strain

Begin the high, celestial strain

Author: Elizabeth Singer Rowe
Published in 35 hymnals

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1 Begin the high celestial strain,
My ravish'd soul, and sing
A solemn hymn of grateful praise
To heav'ns Almighty King.

2 Retain it long, you echoing rocks,
The sacred sound retain;
And from your hollow winding caves
Return it oft again.

3 Bear it, ye winds, on all your wings,
To distant climes away;
And round the wide extended world,
My lofty theme convey.

4 Long let it warble round the spheres,
And echo through the sky;
Till angels, with immortal skill,
Improve the harmony.

5 While I, with sacred rapture fir'd,
The blest Creator sing,
And breathe forth consecrated lays
To heav'ns Almihgty King.

Source: A Selection of Psalms with occasional hymns (Charleston hymnal) #H.XXXIX

Author: Elizabeth Singer Rowe

Howe, Elizabeth, née Singer, daughter of Walter Singer, an Independent Minister, was born near Frome, Somersetshire, in 1674; married in 1710 to Thomas Rowe, the poet; and died in Feb., 1737. Her works include Friendship in Death; Letters Moral and Entertaining, and Devoute exercises of the Heart (which was revised and published by Dr. Watts). Her Miscellaneous Works in Prose and Verse, which included some of her husband's poems, together with her Hymns and Versions of Psalms, was published posthumously in 1739. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)… Go to person page >

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First Line: Begin the high, celestial strain
Author: Elizabeth Singer Rowe
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

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A Collection of Hymn Tunes from the most modern and approved authors #XLI

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A Selection of Psalms with occasional hymns (Charleston hymnal) #H.XXXIX

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Christian Hymns for Public and Private Worship #119

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Christian Hymns #405

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Church Melodies #22

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Divine Hymns, or Spiritual Songs #150

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Harmonia Sacra #57

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Hymns for Christian Devotion #169

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Hymns for Christian Devotion #169

Hymns for the Use of the Society of United Christian Friends Professing the Faith of Universal Salvation #d46

Jubilant Voices #d11

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Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs #129

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Songs for Social and Public Worship #470

The Advent Christian Hymnal #d85

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The American School Hymn Book #XVI

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The American School Hymn Book. (New ed.) #XVI

The Choice #H117

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The Choice #H117

The Choral #d25

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The Congregational Hymn Book #82

The Ebenezer Selection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs, with an appendix Consisting of Miscellaneous Pieces. 6th ed. #d46

The Harmoniad and Sacred Melodist #d8

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The Harp #135

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The Harp. 2nd ed. #a135

The Modern Harp #d27

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The Mother's Hymn Book. (Third stereotyped ed. Rev. and enl.) #181

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The New England Sabbath School Minstrel #149

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The New York Choralist #106

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The Psalmist #97

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The Psalmist #97

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The Psalmody #53

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The Psalms of Life #213

The Sabbath School Service and Hymn Book #d7

The Sacred Minstrel #d6

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