1 Praise the LORD who reigns above
and keeps His courts below;
praise the holy God of love,
and all His greatness show.
Praise Him for His noble deeds,
praise Him for His matchless pow'r;
Him from whom all good proceeds
let earth and heaven adore.
2 Celebrate th'eternal God
with harp and psaltery;
timbrels soft and cymbals loud
in His high praise agree.
Praise Him, ev'ry tuneful string;
all the reach of heav'nly art,
all the pow'rs of music bring,
the music of the heart.
3 Him, in whom they move and live,
let ev'ry creature sing,
glory to their Maker give,
and homage to their King.
Hallowed be His name beneath,
as in heav'n, on earth adored;
praise the LORD in ev'ry breath,
let all things praise the LORD!
Source: Hymns to the Living God #55
|First Line:||Praise the Lord, who reigns above, And keeps his courts below|
|Title:||Praise the Lord Who Reigns Above|
|Author:||Charles Wesley (1743)|
|Refrain First Line:||Praise the Lord who reigns above|
Praise the Lord Who reigns above. C. Wesley. [Ps. cl .] Published in Psalms & Hymns, 1743, in 4 stanzas of 8 lines (P. Works, 1868-72, vol. viii. p. 262.) In 1760 M. Madan gave st. i., ii. and iv. in his Psalms & Hymns, as No. 83. This arrangement was repeated by A. M. Toplady in his Psalms & Hymns, 1776, No. 307. From Toplady it passed into several collections with the name of Toplady as the author, as in Hatfield's Church Hymn Book, N. Y., 1872, No. 160. The form in 2 st. in the Islington Psalms & Hymns (ed. 1862, p. 95), which begins with the first line of the original, is considerably altered throughout. The full original text was given in the revised Wesleyan Hymn Book, 1875, for the first time.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)