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Praise to God, who reigns above

Praise to God, who reigns above

Author: Richard Meux Benson
Published in 22 hymnals

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1 Praise to God who reigns above,
Binding earth and heaven in love;
All the armies of the sky
Worship His dread sovereignty.

2 Seraphim His praises sing,
Cherubim on fourfold wing,
Thrones, Dominions, Princes, Powers,
Ranks of Might that never cowers.

3 Angel hosts His word fulfil,
Ruling nature by His will;
Round His throne Archangels pour
Songs of praise for evermore.

4 Yet on man they joy to wait,
All that bright celestial state,
For true Man their Lord they see,
Christ, the Incarnate Deity.

6 On the Throne our Lord Who died
Sits in manhood glorified,
Where His people faint below
Angels count it joy to go.

Hymnal: according to the use of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America, 1871

Author: Richard Meux Benson

The Rev. Richard M. Benson was a clergyman of the Church of England, and was one of the "Cowley Brothers." He spent some time in 1870-71 in the United States, labouring with zeal and success in several dioceses. --Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, M.A. 1872.… Go to person page >

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First Line: Praise to God, who reigns above
Author: Richard Meux Benson
Language: English


Praise to God, who reigns above. R. M. Benson. [St. Michael and All Angels.] Contributed to Hymns Ancient & Modern and after curtailment and alterations, was published therein in 1861. In the revised edition, 1875, the original text (still abbreviated) was restored, with the exception of two minor changes. These facts account for the two texts in Hymns Ancient & Modern of 1861 and 1875. The line in st, vi., "Thrilling through those Orders nine" refers to the (1) Seraphim; (2) Cherubim; (3) Thrones; (4) Dominions; (5) Princes;(6) Powers; (7) Might; (8) Archangel; and (9) Angel hosts, named in st. ii. and iii. In the American Church Pastorals, Boston, 1864, st. ii., iv., vii. of the 1861 text are given as:—"Seraphim His praises sing."

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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