Glory Be to God on High

Glory be to God on high, God whose glory fills the sky (Wesley)

Author: Charles Wesley
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1 Glory be to God on high,
God whose glory fills the sky;
Peace on earth to man forgiv’n,
Man, the well beloved of heav’n.
Sov’reign Father, Heav’nly King!
Thee we now presume to sing
Glad Thine attributes confess,
Glorious all, and numberless.

2 Hail, by all Thy works adored!
Hail, the everlasting Lord!
Thee with thankful hearts we prove,—
God of pow’r, and God of love!
Christ our Lord and God we own,—
Christ, the Father’s only Son,
Lamb of God for sinners slain,
Saviour of offending man.

3 Jesus! in Thy Name we pray,
Take, oh, take our sins away!
Pow’rful Advocate with God!
Justify us with Thy blood.
Hear, for Thou, O Christ! alone,
Art with Thy great Father One;
One the Holy Ghost with Thee,—
One supreme eternal Three.

Source: Gloria Deo: a Collection of Hymns and Tunes for Public Worship in all Departments of the Church #74

Author: Charles Wesley

Charles Wesley, M.A. was the great hymn-writer of the Wesley family, perhaps, taking quantity and quality into consideration, the great hymn-writer of all ages. Charles Wesley was the youngest son and 18th child of Samuel and Susanna Wesley, and was born at Epworth Rectory, Dec. 18, 1707. In 1716 he went to Westminster School, being provided with a home and board by his elder brother Samuel, then usher at the school, until 1721, when he was elected King's Scholar, and as such received his board and education free. In 1726 Charles Wesley was elected to a Westminster studentship at Christ Church, Oxford, where he took his degree in 1729, and became a college tutor. In the early part of the same year his religious impressions were much deepene… Go to person page >

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First Line: Glory be to God on high, God whose glory fills the sky (Wesley)
Title: Glory Be to God on High
Author: Charles Wesley
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


Glory be to God on high, God Whose glory fills the sky. C. Wesley. [Holy Trinity.] This is a paraphrase of the Gloria in Excelsis of the Book of Common Prayer. The paraphrase is in J. & C. Wesley's Hymns & Sacred Poems, 1739, p. 128. In 1761 it was republished by J. Wesley in his Collection of 132 Select Hymns with Tunes Annext, but was not added to the Wesleyan Hymn Book till sometime after his death, and probably in 1800-1, although it had long been in use in the collections of Whitefield, Madan, Toplady, and others. In 1820 Cotterill included an altered and abridged version of the text in his Selection. In this, stanzas i.-iii.are altered slightly, stanza iv. greatly, and stanza v. is new. This version, again altered, and abridged, is found in the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge Psalms & Hymns, and other collections. (Original text, Poetical Works, 1868-72, vol. i. p. 115.) Another hymn, beginning with the first stanza of this hymn, with the repetition of lines 1, 2, as a refrain, and the addition of 4 stanzas with the same refrain to each, was given in Beard's Manchester Unitarian Collection, 1837, and repeated without the refrain in Hedge & Huntington's Hymns for the Church of Christ, Boston, U. S. A., 1853, No. 12, and also in other American collections. The additions to C. Wesley's opening stanza were by John Taylor of Norwich.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)


MESSIAH (Herold)



For more tune info, see Zahn 7341a or Hymn Tune Index 1648a-d. Note that attributions to James Nares don't appear until after 1820.

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