On Sending a Member Into the Work of the Ministry

Our God ascends his lofty throne

Author: Philip Doddridge
Published in 25 hymnals

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1 Our God ascends his lofty throne,
Array'd in majesty unknown;
His lustre all the temple fills,
And spreads o'er all th’ ethereal hills.

2 The holy, holy, holy Lord,
By all the Seraphim ador'd,
And, while they stand beneath his seat,
They veil their faces, and their feet.

3 Lord, how can sinful lips proclaim
The honors of so great a name?
O for thine altar’s glowing coal,
To touch his lips to fire his soul!

4 Then if a messenger thou ask,
A laborer for the hardest task,
Thro’ all his weakness and his fear,
Love shall reply, "Thy servant’s here."

5 Nor let his willing soul complain,
Tho’ every effort seem in vain;
It ample recompense shall be,
But to have wrought, O God, for thee.

Source: A Selection of Hymns: from the best authors, intended to be an appendix to Dr. Watt's psalms and hymns. (1st Am. ed.) #CDVIII

Author: Philip Doddridge

Philip Doddridge (b. London, England, 1702; d. Lisbon, Portugal, 1751) belonged to the Non-conformist Church (not associated with the Church of England). Its members were frequently the focus of discrimination. Offered an education by a rich patron to prepare him for ordination in the Church of England, Doddridge chose instead to remain in the Non-conformist Church. For twenty years he pastored a poor parish in Northampton, where he opened an academy for training Non-conformist ministers and taught most of the subjects himself. Doddridge suffered from tuberculosis, and when Lady Huntington, one of his patrons, offered to finance a trip to Lisbon for his health, he is reputed to have said, "I can as well go to heaven from Lisbon as from Nort… Go to person page >

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First Line: Our God ascends his lofty throne
Title: On Sending a Member Into the Work of the Ministry
Author: Philip Doddridge
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



Henry Kemble Oliver (b. Beverly, MA, 1800; d. Salem, MA, 1885) composed FEDERAL STREET in 1832, possibly as an imitation of earlier psalm tunes in long meter. He took it to a music class taught by Lowell Mason (who may have contributed to the harmony); Mason (PHH 96) published it in his Boston Acade…

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