The highest and the holiest placeAuthor: Henry Alford
Tune: ST. JAMES (Courteville)
Published in 7 hymnals
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1 The highest and the holiest place
Guards not the heart from sin;
The Church that safest seems without
May harbor foes within.
2 Within that small and chosen ban,
Beloved above the rest,
One fell from his apostleship,
A traitor soul unblest.
3 But ne'er the great designs of God
Man’s sins shall over throw;
A better witness to the truth
Forth to the lands shall go.
4 Matthias was the chosen one--
God's purpose shall not fail--
The word of grace no less shall sound,
The truth no less prevail.
5 Righteous, O Lord, are all thy ways:
Long as the worlds endure,
From foes without and foes within,
Preserve thy Church secure.
Source: The New English Hymnal #165
The highest and the holiest place. H. Alford. St. Matthias.] First published in his Psalms & Hymns, &c, 1844, No. 81, in 5 stanzas of 4 lines, and again in his Year of Praise, 1867, No. 252. It is also in Kennedy, 1863, and other collections.
-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
|Instances (1 - 2 of 2)||Title||First Line||Tune||Tune Key||Author||Meter||Scripture||Date||Subject||Source|
|The Cyber Hymnal #2416||The Highest and the Holiest Place||The highest and the holiest place||ST. JAMES||Henry Alford||CM|
|The New English Hymnal #165||The highest and the holiest place||JACKSON||Henry Alford, 1810-71||CM||1986||St. Matthias | May 14th; The Christian Year | Festivals and Other Holy Days: Proper|