Have mercy on us, God most high

Author: Frederick W. Faber

Faber, Frederick William, D.D., son of Mr. T. H. Faber, was born at Calverley Vicarage, Yorkshire, June 28, 1814, and educated at Balliol College, Oxford, graduating B.A. in 1836. He was for some time a Fellow of University College, in the same University. Taking Holy Orders in 1837, he became Rector of Elton, Huntingdonshire, in 1843, but in 1846 he seceded to the Church of Rome. After residing for some time at St. Wilfrid's, Staffordshire, he went to London in 1849, and established the London "Oratorians," or, "Priests of the Congregation of St. Philip Neri," in King William Street, Strand. In 1854 the Oratory was removed to Brompton. Dr. Faber died Sept. 26, 1863. Before his secession he published several prose works, some of which were… Go to person page >


Have mercy on us, God Most High. F. W. Faber. [Holy Trinity.] First published in his Jesus and Mary, &c, 1849, in 11 stanzas of 4 lines and entitled, “The Most Holy Trinity." In addition to its being given in an abbreviated form in Roman Catholic collections, it is also in Hymns Ancient & Modern, 1861 and 1875, and other hymn-books. The arrangement in most extensive use is that of Hymns Ancient & Modern , which is composed of stanzas i.-iii., v., and xi. In Allon's Supplemental Hymns, 1868, No. 3, is a cento by G. Rawson, part of which is from this hymn (specially stanzas i.-iii.), and the test is by him, some of the lines being from his hymn, "Transcendent mystery unknown," subsequently published in his Hymns, &c, 1876, p. 39. The cento in Horder's Congregational Hymns , 1884, and others, begins with stanza ii. of the original, "Most ancient of all mysteries."

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)


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