O Strength and Stay, upholding all creation

O Strength and Stay, upholding all creation

Translator: John Ellerton; Author: St. Ambrose
Tune: STRENGTH AND STAY
Published in 43 hymnals

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Representative Text

1 O strength and stay upholding all creation,
who ever dost thyself unmoved abide,
yet day by day the light in due gradation
from hour to hour through all its changes guide;

2 Grant to life's day a calm unclouded ending,
an eve untouched by shadows of decay,
the brightness of a holy death-bed blending
with dawning glories of the eternal day.

3 Hear us, O Father, gracious and forgiving,
through Jesus Christ thy co-eternal Word,
who with the Holy Ghost by all things living
now and to endless ages art adored.

Source: Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #21

Translator: John Ellerton

Ellerton, John, M.A., son of George Ellerton, was born in London, Dec. 16, 1826, and educated at Trinity College, Cambridge (B.A. 1849; M.A. 1854). Taking Holy Orders he was successively Curate of Easebourne, Sussex, 1850; Brighton, and Lecturer of St. Peter's, Brighton, 1852; Vicar of Crewe Green, and Chaplain to Lord Crewe, 1860; Rector of Hinstock, 1872; of Barnes, 1876; and of White Roding, 1886. Mr. Ellerton's prose writings include The Holiest Manhood, 1882; Our Infirmities, 1883, &c. It is, however, as a hymnologist, editor, hymnwriter, and translator, that he is most widely known. As editor he published: Hymns for Schools and Bible Classes, Brighton, 1859. He was also co-editor with Bishop How and others of the Society for Promoting… Go to person page >

Author: St. Ambrose

Ambrose (b. Treves, Germany, 340; d. Milan, Italy, 397), one of the great Latin church fathers, is remembered best for his preaching, his struggle against the Arian heresy, and his introduction of metrical and antiphonal singing into the Western church. Ambrose was trained in legal studies and distinguished himself in a civic career, becoming a consul in Northern Italy. When the bishop of Milan, an Arian, died in 374, the people demanded that Ambrose, who was not ordained or even baptized, become the bishop. He was promptly baptized and ordained, and he remained bishop of Milan until his death. Ambrose successfully resisted the Arian heresy and the attempts of the Roman emperors to dominate the church. His most famous convert and disciple w… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: O Strength and Stay, upholding all creation
Latin Title: Rerum Deus tenaz vigor
Translator: John Ellerton
Author: St. Ambrose
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

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The Cyber Hymnal #5342
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Ancient and Modern #21

Anglican Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #577

Church Hymnal, Fifth Edition #70

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Common Praise #18

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Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #537

Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Standard Edition #7

Hymns Old and New #390

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The Cyber Hymnal #5342

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The New English Hymnal #248a

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The New English Hymnal #248b

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