Where high the heavenly temple stands

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1 Where high the heavenly temple stands,
the house of God not made with hands,
a great High-Priest our nature wears,
the guardian of mankind appears.

2 He who for men their surety stood,
and poured on earth his precious blood,
pursues in heaven his mighty plan,
the Saviour and the friend of man.

3 Though now ascended up on high,
he bends on earth a brother's eye;
partaker of the human name,
he knows the frailty of our frame.

4 Our fellow-suff'rer yet retains
a fellow-feeling of our pains;
and still remembers in the skies
his tears, his agonies, and cries.

5 In every pang that rends the heart
the Man of Sorrows had a part;
he sympathizes with our grief,
and to the sufferer sends relief.

6 With boldness therefore at the throne,
let us make all our sorrows known;
and ask the aid of heavenly power
to help us in the evil hour.

Source: CPWI Hymnal #562

Author (attributed to): Michael Bruce

Bruce, Michael, son of a Scottish weaver, was born at Kinnesswood, Portmoak, Kinrossshire, Scotland, March 27,1746, and educated at the village school, Edinburgh University (where he first became acquainted with John Logan), and the Theological Hall of the Associate Synod, held at Kinross, under the Rev. John Swanston, intending ultimately to enter the ministry, a hope which was frustrated by his untimely death. To assist in procuring University fees and maintenance he for some time conducted a school, during the recess, at Gairney Bridge, and subsequently at Forrest Mill, near Tillicoultry. Whilst yet a student he died at Kinnesswood, July 5th, 1767. [Also, see Logan, John] The names of Michael Bruce and John Logan are brought together… Go to person page >



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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Church Hymnal, Fifth Edition #291

Church Hymnal, Mennonite #287

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Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #451

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CPWI Hymnal #562

Hymns Ancient and Modern, New Standard Edition #130

Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #184

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Hymns of Glory, Songs of Praise #451


The Cyber Hymnal #7393

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The Irish Presbyterian Hymnbook #R58a

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The Irish Presbyterian Hymnbook #R58d

The Irish Presbyterian Hymnbook #456


Together in Song #377

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