To God on high be thanks and praise, Who deigns our bonds to sever

To God on high be thanks and praise, Who deigns our bonds to sever

Author: William Ball; Author: Nikolaus Decius
Published in 17 hymnals

Author: William Ball

(no biographical information available about William Ball.) Go to person page >

Author: Nikolaus Decius

Decius, Nicolaus (Nicolaus a Curia or von Hofe, otherwise Hovesch, seems to have been a native of Hof, in Upper Franconia, Bavaria, and to have been originally called Tech. He became a monk, and was in 1519 Probst of the cloister at Steterburg, near Wolfenbüttel. Becoming favourable to the opinions of Luther, he left Steterburg in July, 1522, and went to Brunswick, where he was appointed a master in the St. Katherine and Egidien School. In 1523 he was invited by the burgesses of Stettin to labour there as an Evangelical preacher along with Paulus von Rhode. He became preacher at the Church of St. Nicholas; was probably instituted by the Town Council in 1526, when von Rhode was instituted to St. Jacob's; and at the visitation in 1535 was re… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: To God on high be thanks and praise, Who deigns our bonds to sever
German Title: Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr
Author: William Ball
Author: Nikolaus Decius
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



The tune name ALLEIN GOTT derives from the opening words of Decius's rhymed text in High German. The tune was first published in Schumann's Geistliche Lieder. Decius adapted the tune from a tenth-century Easter chant for the Gloria text, beginning at the part accompanying the words "et in terra pax.…

Go to tune page >



Instances (1 - 17 of 17)

Anglican Hymn Book #268

Church Hymnal, Third Edition #369

Page Scan

High School Hymnal #130

Page Scan

Hymns and Songs for the Sunday School #251

Page Scan

Hymns for Schools and Colleges #65

Hymns for Worship #8

Page Scan

National Hymn and Tune Book #79

Page Scan

Pilgrim Songs #225

School and College Hymnal #d165

Page Scan

School and College Hymnal #130

The Harvard University Hymn Book #d267

The Hymnal #624

Page Scan

The Hymnary with Tunes #171

The Middlesex Hymn Book #d96

The Milton Hymnal #d133

Page Scan

The School Hymnal #280

University Hymn Book for use in the Chapel of Harvard University #d256

Suggestions or corrections? Contact us