O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness

A hymn by Revd John Samuel Bewley Monsell (1811-1875), who also wrote Fight the good fight (there is a bit more about him on that post).

The tune Was lebet, was schwebet is from the Rheinhardt MS of 1754, a German chorale book compiled between 21 June and 22 July 1754, bearing the name of Johann Heinrich Rheinhardt

The fourth section of the Bach chorale “Gelobet sei der Herr, mein Gott” also links the words lebet and schwebet:

Gelobet sei der Herr,
Mein Gott, der ewig lebet,
Den alles lobet, was
In allen Lüften schwebet;
Gelobet sei der Herr,
Des Name heilig heißt,
Gott Vater, Gott der Sohn
Und Gott der Heilige Geist.

Praised be the Lord,
my God, who lives forever,
whom all things praise, that
soar in the air;
praised be the Lord,
whose name is called holy,
God the Father, God the Son,
and God the Holy Spirit.

Was lebet, was schwebet

O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness!
Bow down before him, his glory proclaim;
with gold of obedience, and incense of lowliness,
kneel and adore him, the Lord is his name!

Low at his feet lay thy burden of carefulness,
high on his heart he will bear it for thee,
comfort thy sorrows, and answer thy prayerfulness,
guiding your steps as may best for thee be.

Fear not to enter his courts in the slenderness
of the poor wealth thou would reckon as thine:
truth in its beauty, and love in its tenderness,
these are the offerings to lay on his shrine.

These, though we bring them in trembling and fearfulness,
he will accept for the name that is dear;
mornings of joy give for evenings of tearfulness,
trust for our trembling and hope for our fear.

O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness!
Bow down before him, his glory proclaim;
with gold of obedience, and incense of lowliness,
kneel and adore him, the Lord is his name!

One thought on “O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness”

  1. One of my favourites! I’ve now decided I’d definitely like this hymn at my funeral – complete with trumpet descant in the last verse! 🙂 xxx

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