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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. 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, blessèd Trinity.
TUNE — “NICÆA.” 7- MILTON'S PSALM OF PRAISE
(17th Century). MILTON, our greatest poet save one, wrote only one hymn that has been found to help men - as a hymn. It is a paraphrase of Psalm cxxxvi. written when he was a boy of fifteen at St. Paul's School, and its length — twenty-four stanzas — precludes its general use. Those verses found most helpful by general usage are the following:
T ET us, with a gladsome mind,
He the golden-tressed sun
8- ADDISON'S “GRATITUDE” (18th Century). “I PERCEIVE,” said Mr. Andrew Lang recently, “that either the best English poets have not written hymns, or that their hymns are unpopular with readers of the Sunday at Home." Yet Milton was represented, and Cowper and Keble and Newman. Addison can hardly claim to be one of the best English poets, although he is one of the most famous essayists; but his contributions to Hymns that have Helped are by no means unimportant. Of these one of the most generally used is his poem originally published in the Spectator at the close of an essay on gratitude.1
NHEN all Thy mercies, O my God,
In wonder, love, and praise.
The gratitude declare,
But Thou canst read it there.
And all my wants redressed,
And hung upon the breast.
Thy tender care bestowed,
From whom those comforts flowed.
With heedless steps I ran,
And led me up to man.
1 On the appearance of the first edition of this work a correspondent wrote calling my attention to the fact that in the Atheneum of July 10, 1880, and in the Phonetic Journal of March 12, 1887, it was conclusively proved that the author of this hymn was not Addison, but one Richard Richmond, rector of Walton-on-the-Hill, Lancashire, 1690-1720. On the other hand, Mr. T. M. Healy, M. P., wrote saying that the late Sir Isaac Pitman, in an interesting inquiry as to the authorship of this hymn and the other attributed to Addison on page 232. claimed both as the work of Andrew Marvel, the "incorruptible Commoner."
When worn with sickness, oft hast Thou
With health renewed my face;
Revived my soul with grace.
My daily thanks employ;
That tastes those gifts with joy.
Thy goodness I 'll pursue ;
The glorious theme renew.
A joyful song I 'll raise :
TUNE — "ST. PETER's." 9 - PROFESSOR BLACKIE'S CHANT OF
PRAISE (19th Century). The late Professor Blackie wrote much that is forgotten, but his Chant of Praise will live. It was sent me by one who had felt the glory and inspiration of its nature-worship cheer him like a sea-breeze. It is the nineteenth-century version of the sentiment which Milton expressed in the seventeenth and Addison in the eighteenth, each in the mode of his day and generation.
A High and lowly,
Praise ye, praise ye, God the Lord !
Sun and moon bright,
Night and moonlight, Starry temples azure-floored; Cloud and rain, and wild winds' madness, Sons of God that shout for gladness, Praise ye, praise ye, God the Lord !
Tell His glory, Cliffs, where tumbling seas have roared ! Pulse of waters, biithely beating, Wave advancing, wave retreating, Praise ye, praise ye, God the Lord !
Rock and high land,
Wood and island, Crag, where eagle's pride hath soared; Mighty mountains, purple-breasted, Peaks cloud-cleaving, snowy-crested, Praise ye, praise ye, God the Lord !
Praise Him ever, From the mountain's deep vein poured ; Silver fountain, clearly gushing, Troubled torrent, madly rushing, Praise ye, praise ye, God the Lord !
Bond and free man,
Land and seaman,
Praise Him ever,
Bounteous Giver ;