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His Greatness and Condescension

O Lord, our King, how excellent

Author: James Montgomery
Published in 15 hymnals

Printable scores: PDF, Noteworthy Composer
Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

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

2 Yet are the humble dear to Thee;
Thy praises are confessed
By infants lisping on the knee,
And sucklings at the breast.

3 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—

4 Lord, what is man, that Thou shouldst deign
On him to set Thy love,
Give him on earth awhile to reign,
Then fill a throne above?

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

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #13769

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



The Cyber Hymnal #13769
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  • Noteworthy Composer Score (NWC)


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The Cyber Hymnal #13769

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