Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty History with lyrics

A Seventh-day Adventist congregation singing one of the most famous praise hymns in Christianity and hymns that focuses our minds on the Trinity doctrine. Bishop Heber of Cheshire England wrote this hymn Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God Almighty.

There is nothing so majestic in Protestant hymnology as this Tersanctus of Bishop Heber. The Rt. Rev, Reginald Heber, son of a clergyman of the same name, was born in Malpas., Cheshire, Eng., April 21st, 1783, and educated at Oxford. He served the church in Hodnet, Shropshire, for about twenty years, and was then appointed Bishop of Calcutta, India. 

His labors there were cut short in the prime of his life, his death occurring in 1826, at Trichinopoly on the 3rd of April, his natal month.

His hymns, numbering fifty-seven were collected by his widow, and published with his poetical works in 1842.

Grand as the hymn is, it did not come to its full grandeur of sentiment and sound in song-worship till the remarkable music of Dr. John B. Dykes was joined to it. None was ever written that in performance illustrates more admirably the solemn beauty of congregational praise.

The name “Nicaea” attached to the tune means nothing to the popular ear and mind, and it is known everywhere by the initial words of the first line.

Rev. John Bacchus Dykes, Doctor of Music was born at Kingston-upon-Hull, in 1823; and graduated at Cambridge, in 1847. He became a master of tone and choral harmony and did much to reform and elevate congregational psalmody in England. He was perhaps the first to demonstrate that hymn-tune making can be reduced to a science without impairing its   purpose. Died Jan. 22, 1876.

 

 

Holy Holy Holy Lord God Almighty Lyrics

Author: Bishop Heber

1. Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
Early in the morning our song shall rise to thee.
Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty,
God in three persons, blessed Trinity!

2. Holy, holy, holy! All the saints adore thee,
casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea;
cherubim and seraphim falling down before thee,
which wert, and art, and evermore shalt be.

3. Holy, holy, holy! Though the darkness hide thee,
though the eye of sinful man thy glory may not see,
only thou art holy; there is none beside thee,
perfect in power, in love and purity.

4. Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
All thy works shall praise thy name, in earth and sky and sea.
Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty,
God in three persons, blessed Trinity. 

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