Friday, February 5, 2010

Praise To The Holiest

John Henry Newman was converted at the age of fifteen, and this incident throughout his life remained to him "more certain than that he had hands and feet." He wrote the hymn "Lead Kindly Light" in 1833, and this hymn "Praise To The Holiest" circa 1865.


Praise To The Holiest
Praise to the Holiest in the height,
And in the depths 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,
An essence all-divine.

O generous love! Thee 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 depths be praise;
In all His words most wonderful,
Most sure in all His ways.



All Thy works shall praise Thy name in earth and sky and sea!


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