Angels holy, high and lowly

Angels holy, high and lowly

Author: John Stuart Blackie (1840)
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1 Angels holy, high and lowly,
Sing the praises of the Lord!
Earth and sky, all living nature,
Man, the stamp of thy Creator,
Praise ye, praise ye, God the Lord!

2 Ocean hoary, tell His glory,
Cliffs, where tumbling seas have roared!
Pulse of waters blithely beating,
Wave advancing, wave retreating,
Praise ye, praise ye, God the Lord!

3 Rock and highland, 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!

4 Praise Him ever, bounteous Giver!
Praise Him, Father, Friend and Lord!
Each glad soul its free course winging,
Each blithe voice its free song singing,
Praise the great and mighty Lord!


Source: The Hymnal #76

Author: John Stuart Blackie

Blackie, John Stuart, LL.D., born at Glasgow, July, 1809, and educated at Marischal College, Aberdeen, and at the University of Edinburgh. After a residence on the Continent for educational purposes, he was called to the Bar in 1834. In 1841, he was appointed Professor of Latin in Marischal College, Aberdeen, and in 1850 Professor of Greek in the University of Edinburgh. On the death of Dr. Guthrie he was for some time the Editor of the Sunday Magazine. His published works include:— A Metrical Translation of AEschylus, 1850; Pronunciation of Greek, 1852; Lyrical Poems, 1860; Homer and the Iliad, 4 vols., 1869, &c.; Lays and Legends of Ancient Greece, &c, 1857; and Songs of Religion and Life, 1876. To the hymnological student he is known b… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Angels holy, high and lowly
Author: John Stuart Blackie (1840)
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Praise ye, praise ye God the Lord
Copyright: Public Domain


Angels holy, high and lowly. By J. S. Blackie. This rendering of the Benedicite appeared in Dr. Bonar's Bible Hymn Book, 1845, No. 90, in 12 stanzas of 6 lines, and again in Dr. Blackie's Lays and Legends of Ancient Greece, 1857, p. 163, in 7 stanzas of 4 lines, and headed "Benedicite." Professor Blackie, in a note thereto, says:—

"This hymn was composed by me for the very "beautiful Burschen melody, Alles Scheige, the music and words of which will be found in the collection of Burschen Melodies, published by me in Tait's Magazine for 1840, vol. vii. p. 259. Many of these melodies, though used on convivial occasions, have a solemnity about them, in virtue of which they are well fitted for the service of the Sanctuary" (p. 359). This rendering of the Benedicite is gaining in popular favour, and is found in several hymnals.

-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)


Angels holy, high and lowly, p. 134, i. 4. This rendering of the Benedicite by J. S. Blackie appeared in the London Inquirer, Sep. 1840, p. 422.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)



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