Lift Up Your Hearts!

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1 'Lift up your hearts!' We lift them, Lord, to thee;
here at thy feet none other may we see:
'lift up your hearts!' E'en so, with one accord,
we lift them up, we lift them to the Lord.

2 Above the level of the former years,
the mire of sin, the slough of guilty fears,
the mist of doubt, the blight of love's decay,
O Lord of light, lift all our hearts to-day.

3 Above the swamps of subterfuge and shame,
the deeds, the thoughts, that honour may not name,
the halting tongue that dares not tell the whole,
O Lord of truth, lift every Christian soul.

4 Lift every gift that thou thyself hast given:
low lies the best till lifted up to heaven;
low lie the bounding heart, the teeming brain,
till, sent from God, they mount to God again.

5 Then, as the trumpet-call in after years,
'Lift up your hearts!' rings pealing in our ears,
still shall those hearts respond with full accord,
'We lift them up, we lift them to the Lord!'

Source: Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #708

Author: Henry Montagu Butler

Butler, Henry Montagu, D.D., was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, and graduated B.A. as Senior Classic in 1855, and became a Fellow of his college in 1855. Taking Holy Orders in 1859, he became Head Master of Harrow School in 1859. This position he held until 1885, when he was preferred to the Deanery of Gloucester. He held the deanery for a short time only, and became Master of Trinity College, Cambridge, on the death of Dr. W. H. Thompson in 1886. Dr. Butler has also held the important appointments of Hon. Chaplain to the Queen; Examining Chaplain to Archbishops Tait and Benson; Select Preacher at Oxford, 1882; and Preb. of Holborn in St. Paul's Cathedral. Dr. Butler edited the 3rd edition of Hymns for the Chapel of Harrow School,… Go to person page >


Lift up your hearts! We lift them, Lord, to Thee. H. M. Butler. [Thanksgiving and Praise]. Contributed to the Harrow School Hymn Book, 1881, from which it has passed into several later collections, including The Public School Hymn Book, 1903, The English Hymnal, 1906, and others.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)


WOODLANDS (Greatorex)

WOODLANDS is a perfect match for the bold text. Walter Greatorex (b. Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, England, 1877; d. Bournemouth, Hampshire, England, 1949) composed this tune in 1916, and it was published in the Public School Hymn Book in 1919. The tune's title refers to one of the schoolhouses at Gre…

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GENEVAN 124 (also known as OLD 124TH) was first published in the 1551 edition of the Genevan Psalter. Dale Grotenhuis (PHH 4) harmonized the tune in 1985. One of the best known from the Genevan Psalter, the tune is published in most North American hymnals. By 1564 it was adopted in English and Scott…

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Instances (1 - 19 of 19)

Ancient and Modern #708

Anglican Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #439


Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #518


Common Praise #500a


Common Praise #500b


Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #395

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CPWI Hymnal #527

Hymnal #602

Hymns Ancient and Modern, New Standard Edition #241

Hymns and Psalms #405


Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #366a


Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #366b


Hymns of Glory, Songs of Praise #518

Hymns Old and New #304

The Christian Life Hymnal #333


The Cyber Hymnal #3751


The Irish Presbyterian Hymnbook #547

The New Century Hymnal #38

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The New English Hymnal #398

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