Ere mountains reared their forms sublime

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1 Great God! how infinite art thou!
What worthless worms are we!
Let the whole race of creatures bow,
And pay their praise to thee.

2 Thy throne eternal ages stood,
Ere seas or stars were made;
Thou art the ever-living God,
Were all the nations dead.

3 Eternity, with all its years,
Stands present in thy view;
To thee, there's nothing old appears;
To thee there's nothing new.

4 Our lives through various scenes are drawn,
And vexed with trifling cares,
While thine eternal thought moves on
Thine undisturbed affairs.

5 Great God! how infinite art thou!
What worthless worms are we!
Let the whole race of creatures bow,
And pray their praise to thee.

Source: The Voice of Praise: a collection of hymns for the use of the Methodist Church #34

Author: Harriet Auber

Auber, Harriet, daughter of Mr. James Auber, b. in London, Oct. 4, 1773. During the greater part of her quiet and secluded life she resided at Broxbourne and Hoddesdon, Herts, and died at the latter place on the 20th Jan., 1862. Miss Auber wrote devotional and other poetry, but only a portion of the former was published in her Spirit of the Psalms, in 1829. This collection is mainly her work, and from it some useful versions of the Psalms have been taken and included in modern hymn-books, about 20 appearing in Spurgeon's Our Own Hymn Book, 1866. Miss Auber's name is widely known, but it is principally through her exquisite lyric, "Our blest Redeemer, ere He breathed," and the Epiphany hymn, "Bright was the guiding star that led." (For criti… Go to person page >

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First Line: Ere mountains reared their forms sublime
Author: Harriet Auber
Source: Spirit of the Psalms
Copyright: Public Domain


Ere mountains reared their forms sublime. Harriet Auber. [God eternal—Man passing away.] Appeared in her Spirit of the Psalms, 1829, in 4 stanzas of 4 lines. In the American hymnbooks it is given in its original L. M. form, as in Hedge and Huntington's Hymns for the Church of Christ, 1853, and several later Hymnals; and in a peculiar form to suit the music adopted in Church Pastorals, Boston, 1864. From Miss Auber and H. F. Lyte having both published works with the title The Spirit of the Psalms, this hymn has sometimes been attributed to Lyte in error. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



Lowell Mason (PHH 96) composed HAMBURG (named after the German city) in 1824. The tune was published in the 1825 edition of Mason's Handel and Haydn Society Collection of Church Music. Mason indicated that the tune was based on a chant in the first Gregorian tone. HAMBURG is a very simple tune with…

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