Praise the High, the Holy One

Praise the High, the Holy One

Author: James Montgomery
Published in 4 hymnals

Representative Text

Praise the High, the Holy One!
God o'er all, the first, the last:
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For He spake, and it was done;
He commanded, it stood fast.

At His word, from darkness light,
Harmony from discord broke;
Weakness started into might,
Beauty out of dust awoke:

Fire and water, air and earth,
Heard His voice and hush'd their strife:
Death itself, by wondrous birth,
Grew the parent of all life.

Plant and flower, and herb and tree,
Sprang spontaneous from the sod;
Sun and moon, and land and sea,
Day and night, beheld their God.

Fishes, fowls upon the wing,
Beasts, and all that creep or fly,
Every breathing, moving thing,
Peopled forest, flood, and sky.

But while all was fair and good,
All accordant to His will,
None their Maker understood,
Mind and thought were wanting still.

God, His glory to display,
With His image crown'd the whole,
Breath'd His Spirit into clay,
And made man a living soul.

Hallelujah, praise the One
God o'er all, the first, the last:
For He spake, and it was done;
He commanded, it stood fast.

Sacred Poems and Hymns

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 >

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First Line: Praise the High, the Holy One
Author: James Montgomery
Meter: 7.7.7.7
Language: English

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Hymns for Schools and Families #d393

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Hymns for Schools and Families, Specailly Designed for the Children of the Church #6

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Sacred Poems and Hymns #3

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The Gospel Psalmist #136

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