Sandys, George, son of Dr. Edwin Sandys, Archbishop of York, was born at Bishopthorpe Palace, York, in 1577, and educated at St. Mary Hall and Corpus Christi College, Oxford. For some years he devoted himself to travelling in Europe and Asia, and published in 1615 a curious account of his experiences. After visiting America, where he was for a time the Treasurer of the British Colony of Virginia, he became, on his return, a Gentleman of the Privy Chamber of Charles I. He died at Bexley Abbey, Kent, March 1643. His publications included his Traveller's Thanksgiving; the prose work on his travels, A Relation of a journey begun in 1610, &c, 1615; a translation of the Metamorphoses of Ovid; and Grotius's tragedy of Christ's Passion. His product… Go to person page >
You who dwell above the skies. G. Sandys. [Ps. cxlviii.] This fine rendering of Ps. cxlviii. appeared in his Paraphrase of the Psalmes, 1636, in 40 lines. It was republished in his Paraphrases upon the Divine Poems, 1638, and in later editions. Also in the Library of Old Authors. In the Wesleyan Hymn Book, 1875, No. 639, it is given in 9 stanzas of 4 lines as "Ye, who dwell above the skies” where the text is but slightly altered. It is worthy of more extended use than is accorded to it in modern hymnals.