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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 #XLITextPage Scan
A New Selection of Hymns; designed for the use of conference meetings, private circles, and congregations, as a supplement to Dr. Watts' Psalms and Hymns #68(69)Page Scan
A Selection of Psalms with occasional hymns #d6
Christian Hymns for Public and Private Worship: a collection compiled by a committee of the Cheshire Pastoral Association (11th ed.) #119Page Scan
Christian Hymns: adapted to the worship of God our Saviour in public and private devotion, compiled from the most approved ancient and modern authors, for the Central Universalist Society... #405Page Scan
Church Melodies: collection of psalms and hymns, with appropriate music. For the use of congregations. #22Page Scan
Divine Hymns, or Spiritual Songs: for the use of religious assemblies and private Christians: being formerly a collection (12th ed.) #150Page Scan
Harmonia Sacra: a Compilation of Psalm and Hymn Tunes [from the most celebrated European masters] #57Page Scan
Hymns for Christian Devotion: especially adapted to the Universalist denomination #169Page Scan
Hymns for Christian Devotion: especially adapted to the Universalist denomination. (New ed.) #169Page Scan
Hymns for the Use of the Society of United Christian Friends Professing the Faith of Universal Salvation #d46
Jubilant Voices #d11
Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs: selected and designed for the use of the church universal, in public and private devotion; with an appendix, containing the original hymns omitted in the last ed. #129Page Scan
Songs for Social and Public Worship #470Page Scan
The Advent Christian Hymnal #d85
The American School Hymn Book #XVIPage Scan
The American School Hymn Book. (New ed.) #XVIPage Scan
The Choice: in two parts. Part I containing psalms and hymns, Part II, containing spiritual songs. Designed for public and private worship #H117
The Choice: in two parts; Part I, containing Psalms and hymns, Part II, containing spiritual songs; designed for public and private worship (6th ed.) #H117Page Scan
The Choral: a Collection of Church Music, Adapted to the Worship of All Denominations #d25
The Congregational Hymn Book: for the service of the sanctuary #82Page Scan
The Ebenezer Selection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs, with an appendix Consisting of Miscellaneous Pieces. 6th ed. #d46
The Harmoniad and Sacred Melodist #d8
The Harp #135Page Scan
The Modern Harp: or, Boston Sacred Melodist. #d27
The Mother's Hymn Book. (Third stereotyped ed. Rev. and enl.) #181Page Scan
The New England Sabbath School Minstrel: a collection of music and hymns adapted to sabbath schools, families, and social meetings #149Page Scan
The New York Choralist: a new and copious collection of Psalm and hymn tunes adapted to all the various metres in general use with a large variety of anthems and set pieces #106Page Scan
The Psalmist: a new collection of hymns for the use of Baptist churches; with a supplement #97Page Scan
The Psalmist: a New Collection of Hymns for the Use of the Baptist Churches #97Page Scan
The Psalmody: a collection of hymns for public and social worship #53Page Scan
The Psalms of Life: A Compilation of Psalms, Hymns, Chants, Anthems, &c. Embodying the Spiritual, Progressive and Reformatory Sentiment of the Present Age #213Page Scan
The Sabbath School Service and Hymn Book #d7
The Sacred Minstrel #d6
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