His Greatness and Condescension

O Lord, our King, how excellent

Author: James Montgomery
Published in 16 hymnals

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Representative Text

1 O Lord, our Lord, how excellent,
Thy name on earth is known!
Thy glory in the firmament,
How wonderfully shown!

2 When I behold the heav’ns on high.
The work of Thy right hand,
The moon and stars amid the sky,
Thy lights in every land—

3 Lord, what is man, that Thou should'st deign
On him Thy love to place,
As king and priest with Christ to reign,
And see him face to face?

4 O Lord, how excellent Thy name!
How manifold Thy ways!
Let time Thy saving truth proclaim,
Eternity Thy praise.

Source: Christadelphian Hymn Book: for worship and for witness #5

Author: James Montgomery

James Montgomery (b. Irvine, Ayrshire, Scotland, 1771; d. Sheffield, Yorkshire, England, 1854), the son of Moravian parents who died on a West Indies mission field while he was in boarding school, Montgomery inherited a strong religious bent, a passion for missions, and an independent mind. He was editor of the Sheffield Iris (1796-1827), a newspaper that sometimes espoused radical causes. Montgomery was imprisoned briefly when he printed a song that celebrated the fall of the Bastille and again when he described a riot in Sheffield that reflected unfavorably on a military commander. He also protested against slavery, the lot of boy chimney sweeps, and lotteries. Associated with Christians of various persuasions, Montgomery supported missio… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: O Lord, our King, how excellent
Title: His Greatness and Condescension
Author: James Montgomery
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain




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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Christadelphian Hymn Book #5


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