For by what other name

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O Thou, the One Supreme o'er all!2222Or, O Thou beyond the range of all-- παντων επεκεινα .
For by what other name
May we upon Thy greatness call,
Or celebrate Thy fame?

Ineffable! to Thee what speech
Can hymns of honour raise?
Ineffable! what tongue can reach
The measure of Thy praise?

How, unapproached, shall mind of man
Descry Thy dazzling throne;
And pierce, and find Thee out, and scan,
Where Thou dost dwell alone?

Unuttered Thou! all uttered things
Have had their birth from Thee:
The One unknown! from Thee the springs
Of all we know and see!

Mindful, and mindless, all things yield
To Thy parental sway
For Thou to all art life and shield:
They honour and obey.

For round Thee centre all the woes
Of night and darkling day,
The common wants and common throes;
And all to Thee do pray.

And all things as they move along
In order fixed by Thee,
Thy watchword heed, in silent song
Hymning Thy majesty.

And lo! all things abide in Thee,
And through the complex whole,
Thou spread'st Thine own Divinity,
Thyself of all the goal.

One Being Thou, all things, yet none,
Nor one nor yet all things;
How call Thee, O mysterious One?
A worthy name who brings?

All-named from attributes Thine own,
How call Thee as we ought?
Thou art unlimited, alone,
Beyond the range of thought.

What heaven-born intellect shall rend
The veiling clouds above?
Be Thou propitious! ever send
Bright tokens of Thy love!

O Thou the One Supreme o'er all!
For by what other name
May we upon Thy greatness call,
Or celebrate Thy fame?

Songs and Hymns of Earliest Greek Christian Poets, 1876

Translator: Allen W. Chatfield

Chatfield, Allen William, M.A., born at Chatteris, Oct. 2nd, 1808, and educated at Charterhouse School and Trinity College, Cambridge, where he was Bell's Univ. Scholar and Members' Prizeman. He graduated in 1831, taking a first class in classical honours. Taking Holy Orders in 1832, he was from 1833 to 1847 Vicar of Stotfold, Bedfordshire; and since 1847 Vicar of Much-Marcle, Herefordshire. Mr. Chatfield has published various Sermons from time to time. His Litany, &c. [Prayer Book] in Greek verse is admirable, and has been commended by many eminent scholars. His Songs and Hymns of Earliest Greek Christian Poets, Bishops, and others, translated into English Verse, 1876, has not received the attention of hymnal compilers which it merits. One… Go to person page >

Author: St. Gregory of Nazianzus

Gregory of Nazianzus (St. Gregory Nazianzen), Bishop of Sasima and of Constantinople, son of Gregory, Bishop of Nazianzus in Cappadocia, and Nonna, his wife, was born at a village near that city where his father had an estate, and called Arizanzus. The date of his birth is unknown, but is generally given as A.D. 325. In early childhood he was taught to read the Scriptures by his mother. From his home he passed with his brother Caesarius to a school at Caesarea, the capital of Cappadocia, where he was instructed by one Carterius, supposed by some to be the same as the subsequent head of the monasteries of Antioch, and instructor of St. Chrysostom. At Caesarea he probably met with Basil, with whom he maintained a life-long friendship. From Ca… Go to person page >

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First Line: For by what other name
Translator: Allen W. Chatfield
Author: St. Gregory of Nazianzus
Language: English


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