1 The Lord of might, from Sinai’s brow,
Gave forth His voice of thunder;
And Israel lay on earth below,
Outstretched in fear and wonder;
Beneath His feet was pitchy night,
And at His left hand and His right,
The rocks were rent asunder.
2 The Lord of love, on Calvary,
A meek and suffering stranger,
Upraised to Heaven His languid eye,
In nature’s hour of danger;
For us He bore the weight of woe,
For us He gave His blood to flow,
And met His Father’s anger.
3 The Lord of love, the Lord of might,
The King of all created,
Shall back return to claim His right,
On clouds of glory seated;
With trumpet-sound and angel-song,
And Hallelujahs loud and long,
O’er death and hell defeated!
Reginald Heber was born in 1783 into a wealthy, educated family. He was a bright youth, translating a Latin classic into English verse by the time he was seven, entering Oxford at 17, and winning two awards for his poetry during his time there. After his graduation he became rector of his father's church in the village of Hodnet near Shrewsbury in the west of England where he remained for 16 years. He was appointed Bishop of Calcutta in 1823 and worked tirelessly for three years until the weather and travel took its toll on his health and he died of a stroke. Most of his 57 hymns, which include "Holy, Holy, Holy," are still in use today.
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The Lord of might from Sinai's brow. Bishop R. Heber. [Passiontide.] Published in his posthumous Hymns, &c, 1827, p. 60, in 6 stanzas of 7 lines as the second hymn for the 6th Sunday in Lent. It has passed into numerous collections in Great Britain and America.
-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)