Begin the high, celestial strain

Begin the high, celestial strain

Author: Elizabeth Singer Rowe
Published in 34 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.
Ye circling mountains as you roll
Your silver waves along,
Whisper to all your verdant shores
To subject of my song.

2 Retain it long, you ecchoing rocks,
The sacred sound retain,
And from your hollow winding caves
Return it oft again.
Bear it, ye winds on all your wings
To distant climes away,
And round the wide extended world
My lofty theme convey.

3 Take the glad burthen of his name,
Ye clouds, as you arise,
Whether to deck the golden morn,
Or shade the ev'ning skies.
Let harmless thunders roll along
The smooth etherial plain,
And answer from the crystal vault
To ev'ry flying strain.

4 Long let it warble round the spheres,
And eccho through the sky,
Till angels with immortal skill
Improve the harmony.
The blest creator sing,
And warble consecrated lays
To heav'ns almihgty King.

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

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

A Selection of Psalms with occasional hymns #d6

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Hymns for Christian Devotion: especially adapted to the Universalist denomination #169

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Hymns for Christian Devotion: especially adapted to the Universalist denomination. (New ed.) #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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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 Choral: a Collection of Church Music, Adapted to the Worship of All Denominations #d25

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The Congregational Hymn Book: for the service of the sanctuary #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

The Modern Harp: or, Boston Sacred Melodist. #d27

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

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The Psalmist: a New Collection of Hymns for the Use of the Baptist Churches #97

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The Psalmody: a collection of hymns for public and social worship #53

The Sabbath School Service and Hymn Book #d7

The Sacred Minstrel #d6

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