Stand Up, and Bless the Lord

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1 Stand up and bless the Lord,
ye people of His choice;
stand up and bless the Lord your God
with heart and soul and voice.

2 Though high above all praise,
above all blessing high,
who would not fear His holy name
and laud and magnify?

3 O for the living flame
from His own altar brought,
to touch our lips, our minds inspire,
and wing to heav'n our thought!

4 There, with benign regard,
our hymns He deigns to hear;
tho' unrevealed to mortal sense,
the spirit feels Him near.

5 God is our strength and song,
and His salvation ours;
then be His love in Christ proclaimed
with all our ransomed pow'rs.

6 Stand up and bless the Lord;
the Lord your God adore;
stand up and bless His glorious name
henceforth and evermore.

Source: Psalms and Hymns to the Living God #176

Author: James Montgomery

James Montgomery (b. Irvine, Ayrshire, Scotland, 1771; d. Sheffield, Yorkshire, England, 1854), the son of Moravian parents who died on a West Indies mission field while he was in boarding school, Montgomery inherited a strong religious bent, a passion for missions, and an independent mind. He was editor of the Sheffield Iris (1796-1827), a newspaper that sometimes espoused radical causes. Montgomery was imprisoned briefly when he printed a song that celebrated the fall of the Bastille and again when he described a riot in Sheffield that reflected unfavorably on a military commander. He also protested against slavery, the lot of boy chimney sweeps, and lotteries. Associated with Christians of various persuasions, Montgomery supported missio… Go to person page >

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First Line: Stand up, and bless the Lord Ye people of His choice
Title: Stand Up, and Bless the Lord
Author: James Montgomery (1824)
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


Stand up and bless the Lord. J. Montgomery. [Praise and Thanksgiving.] Written for the Sheffield Red Hill Wesleyan Sunday School Anniversary, held on Mar. 15, 1824; and also used at the Whitsuntide gathering of the Sheffield Wesleyan Sunday School Union, on the Whit-Monday of that year. The opening lines of the original read:—

"Stand up and bless the Lord,
Ye children of His choice."

When Montgomery included it in his Christian Psalmist, 1825, No. 558, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines, he altered this opening to:—

"Stand up and bless the Lord,
Ye people of His choice:"

and this was repeated in his Original Hymns, 1853, No. 86. In J. H. Thorn's Hymns, &c, 1858, it begins, “Arise, and bless the Lord: " and in the American Songs for the Sanctuary, N. Y., 1865, "0 Thou above all praise" (stanzas ii. altered). It is in extensive use in all English-speaking countries, and usually the 1825 text is followed.

-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)


ST. THOMAS (Williams)

ST. THOMAS is actually lines 5 through 8 of the sixteen-line tune HOLBORN, composed by Aaron Williams (b. London, England, 1731; d. London, 1776) and published in his Collection (1763, 1765) as a setting for Charles Wesley's text "Soldiers of Christ, Arise" (570). The harmonization is by Lowell Maso…

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ST. MICHAEL (Genevan)

CARLISLE (Lockhart)



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