O Strength and Stay, upholding all creation

O Strength and Stay, upholding all creation

Translator: John Ellerton; Author: St. Ambrose
Published in 43 hymnals

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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

Ambrosius (St. Ambrose), second son and third child of Ambrosius, Prefect of the Gauls, was born at Lyons, Aries, or Treves--probably the last--in 340 A.D. On the death of his father in 353 his mother removed to Rome with her three children. Ambrose went through the usual course of education, attaining considerable proficiency in Greek; and then entered the profession which his elder brother Satyrus had chosen, that of the law. In this he so distinguished himself that, after practising in the court of Probus, the Praetorian Prefect of Italy, he was, in 374, appointed Consular of Liguria and Aemilia. This office necessitated his residence in Milan. Not many months after, Auxentius, bishop of Milan, who had joined the Arian party, died; and m… 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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Instances (1 - 10 of 10)

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

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

Church Hymnal, Fifth Edition #70

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Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #18

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Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #537

Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Standard Edition #7

Hymns Old and New: New Anglican #390


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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