Holy offerings, rich and rare

Holy offerings, rich and rare

Author: John S. B. Monsell (1867)
Tune: HOLY OFFERINGS (Redhead)
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1 Holy offerings, rich and rare,
Offerings of praise and prayer,
Purer life and purpose high,
Clasped hands, uplifted eye,
Lowly acts of adoration
To the God of our salvation;
On His altar laid, we leave them:
Christ, present them! God, receive them!

2 Homage of each humble heart,
Ere we from Thy house depart;
Worship fervent, deep and high,
Adoration, ecstasy;
All that childlike love can render
Of devotion true and tender;
On thine altar laid, we leave them:
Christ, present them! God, receive them!

3 To the Father, and the Son,
And the Spirit, Three in One,
Though our mortal weakness raise
Offerings of imperfect praise,
Yet with hearts bowed down most lowly,
Crying, Holy! Holy! Holy!
On thine altar laid, we leave them:
Christ, present them! God, receive them!

The Hymnal: revised and enlarged as adopted by the General Convention of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America in the year of our Lord 1892

Author: John S. B. Monsell

Monsell, John Samuel Bewley, L.L.D., son of Thomas Bewley Monsell, Archdeacon of Londonderry, was born at St. Columb's, Londonderry, March 2,1811, and educated at Trinity College, Dublin (B.A. 1832, LL.D. 1856). Taking Holy Orders in 1834, "he was successively Chaplain to Bishop Mant, Chancellor of the diocese of Connor, Rector of Ramoan, Vicar of Egham, diocese Worcester, and Rector of St. Nicholas's, Guildford. He died in consequence of a fall from the roof of his church, which was in the course of rebuilding, April 9, 1875. His prose works include Our New Vicar, 1867; The Winton Church Catechist, &c. His poetical works are:— (1) Hymns and Miscellaneous Poems, Dublin, W. Curry, Jun., & Co., 1837; (2) Parish Musings, or Devotional Poem… Go to person page >

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First Line: Holy offerings, rich and rare
Author: John S. B. Monsell (1867)
Meter: 7.7.7.7.8.8.8.8
Language: English

Notes

Holy offerings, rich and rare [Lord we bear]. J. S. B. Monsell. [Offertory.] Written for the Offertory at the opening of St. Mary Magdalene Church, Paddington, 1867, and first printed for use on that occasion. It was included in 1873 in the author's Parish Hymnal, No. 201, having previously appeared in the 1869 Appendix to the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge Psalms & Hymns. It is also in Church Hymns, 1871, Thring's Collection, 1882, and many others. It is in 10 stanzas of 8 lines, and is usually divided into parts, and in several instances it is also abbreviated "Holy offerings, Lord, we bear," in Borthwick's Select Hymns for Church and Home, 1871, is an altered form of this hymn.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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