Praise to the Holiest in the Height

This tradition hymn of praise, which is particularly suitable for Easter, is from Cardinal John Henry Newman's poem “The Dream of Ge­ron­ti­us", which was first published in 1865 in The Month: An Il­lus­trat­ed Mag­a­zine of Lit­er­a­ture, Sci­ence and Art.

With a meter of 8.6.8.6, the tunes that the hymn-version has been set to include:
  • GERONITUS by John Bacchus Dykes (1868)
  • RICHMOND by Thom­as Ha­weis (1792)
  • BILLING by Richard Runciman Terry (1865-1938)
  • CHORUS ANGELORUM (SOMERVELL) by Arthur Somervell (1863-1937)


Downloads


Examples


Cathedral choir with orchestra, tune GERONITUS



Choir with organ, tune RICHMOND



Choir with organ, tune BILLING



Lyrics

Praise to the holiest in the height,
And in the depth be praise;
In all His words most wonderful,
Most sure in all His ways.

O loving wisdom of our God!
When all was sin and shame,
A second Adam to the fight
And to the rescue came.

O wisest love! that flesh and blood,
Which did in Adam fail,
Should strive afresh against the foe,
Should strive and should prevail.

And that a higher gift than grace
Should flesh and blood refine,
God’s Presence and His very Self,
And Essence all divine.

O generous love! that He, who smote,
In Man for man the foe,
The double agony in Man
For man should undergo.

And in the garden secretly,
And on the Cross on high,
Should teach His brethren, and inspire
To suffer and to die.

Praise to the Holiest in the height,
And in the depth be praise;
In all His words most wonderful,
Most sure in all His ways.

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