We praise thy Name, O Lord most High

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We praise thy Name, O Lord most High,
Redeemer of our souls from death,
And all thy mercies magnify,
In making known thy saving faith.

Thou didst the humble fisher call,
Beside the shores of Galilee:
At thy command he gave up all,
And left his nets to follow thee.

O happy choice, for earthly toil
The strife to rescue souls from sin;
For treasures that may rust and spoil,
The crown of heavenly life to win.

O favoured one, who, ere he knew
The sharpness of the coming cross,
Of thy bright beauty caught the view
That turns to gain all earthly loss.

Thy promise is fulfilled, and he
Dares in thy painful steps to go;
To drink thy cup of agony,
And drain the bitter dregs of woe.

Grant, Lord, that hope of seeing thee
In bliss may us with courage nerve,
The world and all its pomp to flee,
Our cross to bear, and thee to serve.


Author: Anonymous

In some hymnals, the editors noted that a hymn's author is unknown to them, and so this artificial "person" entry is used to reflect that fact. Obviously, the hymns attributed to "Author Unknown" "Unknown" or "Anonymous" could have been written by many people over a span of many centuries. Go to person page >

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First Line: We praise thy Name, O Lord most High
Author: Anonymous
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


We praise Thy name, O Lord most high. [St. Andrew.] In the Hymnary, 1872, this hymn is given without author's name, but the copyright is claimed by the compilers. The fact, however, remains, that the hymn is in Hymns for Festivals and Saints' Days of the Church of England, Oxford, 1846, and was repeated in Harland's Church Psalter and Hymnal, 1867. It is also in Thring's Collection, 1882, and the 1903 ed. of Church Hymns. [Rev. James Mearns, M.A.]

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)




William Knapp (b. Wareham, Dorsetshire, England, 1698; d. Poole, Dorsetshire, 1768) composed WAREHAM, so named for his birthplace. A glover by trade, Knapp served as the parish clerk at St. James's Church in Poole (1729-1768) and was organist in both Wareham and Poole. Known in his time as the "coun…

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