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Jesus, exalted far on high

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1 Jesus! exalted far on high,
To Whom a Name is given--
A Name surpassing every name,
That's known in earth or heaven!

2 Before whose throne shall every knee
Bow down with one accord;
Before Whose throne shall every tongue
Confess that Thou art Lord;

3 Jesus, Who in the form of God,
Didst equal honor claim,
Yet, to redeem our guilty souls,
Didst stoop to death and shame!

4 O may that mind in us be formed
Which shone so bright in Thee,
An humble, meek, and lowly mind,
From pride and envy free!.

5 May we to others stoop, and learn
To emulate Thy love;
So shall we bear Thine image here,
And share Thy throne above.


Source: Common Service Book of the Lutheran Church #87

Author: Thomas Cotterill

Thomas Cotterill (b. Cannock, Staffordshire, England, 1779; d. Sheffield, Yorkshire, England, 1823) studied at St. John's College, Cambridge, England, and became an Anglican clergyman. A central figure in the dispute about the propriety of singing hymns, Cotterill published a popular collection of hymns (including many of his own as well as alterations of other hymns), Selection of Psalms and Hymns in 1810. But when he tried to introduce a later edition of this book in Sheffield in 1819, his congregation protested. Many believed strongly that the Church of England should maintain its tradition of exclusive psalm singing. In a church court the Archbishop of York and Cotterill reached a compromise: the later edition of Selection was withdrawn… Go to person page >

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First Line: Jesus, exalted far on high
Author: Thomas Cotterill
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


Jesus, exalted far on high. T. Cotterill. [Circumcision. The Holy Name, Jesus.] Published in the Uttoxeter Selection, 1805, and again in Cotterill's Selection of Psalms & Hymns, 1st edition, 1810, in 5 stanzas of 4 lines. It has attained to extensive use, and is usually given in an unaltered form, as in the Oxford edition of Mercer's Church Psalter & Hymn Book. In Kennedy, 1863, No. 605, “O Thou Who in the form of God," is an altered form of a part of this hymn, and begins with stanza iii.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



Composed by John B. Dykes (PHH 147), BEATITUDO was published in the revised edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern (1875), where it was set to Isaac Watts' "How Bright Those Glorious Spirits Shine." Originally a word coined by Cicero, BEATITUDO means "the condition of blessedness." Like many of Dykes's…

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A Church Hymn Book #108

A Selection of Psalms and Hymns for ... Diocese of Nova Scotia. 3rd ed. #d164

A Selection of Psalms and Hymns for the Use of the Diocese of Nova Scotia. 3rd ed. #d167

Angelic Songs #d95

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Church Book #154

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Church Book #154

Church Melodies, a Collection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs #d525

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Church Psalmody #H103

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Church Psalmody #103

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Common Service Book of the Lutheran Church #87

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Hymnal and Liturgies of the Moravian Church #66

Hymns for Public Worship in the Diocese of Fredericton. 2nd ed. #d94

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Hymns for the Reformed Church in the United States #363

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Hymns for the Worship of God #110

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Manual of Christian Psalmody #103

Melodies of the Church #d496

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School and Parish Hymnal #87

Songs for the New Life #d306

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Songs for the Service of Prayer #121

Sunday School Hymnal #d196

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The Baptist Psalmody #632

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The Church Hymnary #223

The Hymnal of the Reformed Church in the United States #d300

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The Lyrica #96

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The Sabbath Hymn and Tune Book #228a

The Sabbath Hymn Book. Baptist ed. #d496

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The Virginia Selection of Psalms and Hymns and Spiritual Songs #404

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The Voice of Praise #231

Universalist Hymn Book #d249

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