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Ye Fair Green Hills of Galilee   1 comment

Above:  A Crucifix

Photograph by Kenneth Randolph Taylor

Text (c. 1887) by Eustace Rogers Conder (1820-1892), for the Congregational Church Hymnal, or Hymns of Worship, Praise, and Prayer (1887), Congregational Union of England and Wales

Hymn Source = The Church Hymnary–Revised Edition (1927), several Old World Presbyterian denominations


Ye fair green hills of Galilee,

That girdle quite Nazareth,

What glorious vision did ye see,

When He who conquered sin and death

Your flowery slopes and summits trod,

and grew in grace with man and God?


“We saw no  glory crown His head,

As childhood ripened into youth;

No angels on His errands sped;

He wrought no sign; but meekness, truth,

And duty marked each step He trod,

And love to man, and love to God.”


Jesus! my Saviour, Master, King,

Who didst for me the burden bear,

While saints in heaven Thy glory sing,

Let me on earth Thy likeness wear;

Mine be the path Thy feet have trod,–

Duty, and love to man and God.


Lord of Mercy and of Might   1 comment

Christ Pantocrator Icon

Above:  Christ Pantocrator

Scan by Kenneth Randolph Taylor

Text (1811) by Reginald Heber (1783-1826)

Hymn Sources = The Church Hymnary–Revised Edition (1927), Presbyterian; and


Lord of mercy and of might,

Of mankind the Life and Light,

Jesus, hear and save.


Strong Creator, Saviour mild,

Humbled to a mortal child,

Captive, beaten, bound, reviled,

Jesus, hear and save.


Lamb of God, for sinners slain,

Thou didst bear our grief and pain;

Cleanse us now from every stain;

Jesus, hear and save.


Throned above celestial things,

Borne aloft on angels’ wings,

Lord of lords and King of kings,

Jesus, hear and save.


Soon to come to earth again,

Judge of angels and of men,

Hear us now, and hear us then,

Jesus, hear and save.

By Cool Siloam’s Shady Rill   1 comment


Above:  A Baptismal Font

Image in the Public Domain

Text (1812) by Reginald Heber (1783-1826)

Hymn Sources = The Church Hymnary–Revised Edition (1927), Presbyterian; and Handbook to The Church Hymnary–Revised Edition (1927)

The first line of the hymn in its original version is “By cool Siloam’s shady fountain.”  In the version published in 1827, however, “fountain” became “rill.”

Heber based the hymn on Luke 2:40 and entitled it “Christ a pattern for children.”


By cool Siloam’s shady rill

How sweet the lily grows!

How sweet the breath, beneath the hill,

Of Sharon’s dewy rose!


Lo! such the child whose early feet

The paths of peace have trod,

Whose secret heart with influence sweet

Is upward drawn to God.


By cool Siloam’s shady rill

The lily must decay;

The rose that blooms beneath the hill

Must shortly fade away.


And soon, too soon, the wintry hour

Of man’s maturer age

Will shake the soul, with sorrow’s power,

And stormy passion’s rage!


O Thou whose infant feet were found

Within Thy Father’s shrine,

Whose years, with changeless virtue crowned,

Were all alike divine,


Dependent on Thy bounteous breath,

We seek Thy grace alone,

In childhood, manhood, age, and death,

To keep us still Thine own.

O Lord our God, Arise!   1 comment

Map of the World 1581

Above:  Map of the World, 1581

Image Source = Library of Congress

Words (1800) by Ralph Wardlaw (1779-1858)

Hymn Source = The Church Hymnary–Revised Edition (1927), Presbyterian


1.  O Lord our God, arise!

The cause of truth maintain,

And wide o’er all the peopled world

Extend her blessed reign.

2.  Thou Prince of Life, arise!

Nor let Thy glory cease;

Far spread the conquests of Thy grace,

And bless the earth with peace.

3.  Thou Holy Ghost, arise!

Expand Thy quickening wing,

And o’er a dark and ruined world

Let light and order spring.

4.  All on the earth, arise!

To God the Saviour sing;

From shore to shore, from earth to heaven,

Let echoing anthems ring.

My Spirit Longs for Thee   1 comment

Crucifix III July 15, 2014

Above:  One of My Crucifixes, July 15, 2015

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

Words (published in 1773) by John Byrom (1692-1763)


The Church Hymnary–Revised Edition (1927) contains this part of the text:

My spirit longs for Thee

Within my troubled breast,

Though I unworthy be

Of so Divine a Guest.


Of so Divine a Guest

Unworthy though I be,

Yet has my heart no rest,

Unless it come from Thee.


Unless it come from Thee,

In vain I look around;

In all that I can see

No rest is to be found.


No rest is to be found

But in Thy blessed love:

O let my with be crowned,

And send it from above!


The Handbook to the Church Hymnary–Revised Edition (1927) contains the reply, which Byrom wrote in the voice of Jesus:

Cheer up, desponding soul,

Thy longing pleased I see;

‘Tis part of that great whole,

Wherewith I longed for Thee:


Wherewith I longed for Thee,

And left my Father’s throne;

From death to set thee free,

To claim thee for my own:


To claim thee for my own,

I suffered on the Cross:

Oh were my love but known ,

No soul could fear its loss:


No soul could fear its loss,

But filled with love divine,

Would die on its own cross,

And rise for ever mine.


Liebster Jesu, Wir Sind Hier   2 comments


Above:  St. Nicholas Episcopal Church, Hamilton, Georgia, November 2, 2014

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

Original German Words (1667) by Tobias Clausnitzer (1619-1684)


English Translation (1858) by Catherine Winkworth (1827-1878)

Hymn Source = The Lutheran Hymnal (1941), Evangelical Lutheran Synodical Conference of North America

1.  Blessed Jesus, at Thy word

We are gathered all to hear Thee;

Let our hearts and souls be stirred

Now to seek and love and fear Thee,

By Thy teachings, sweet and holy,

Drawn from earth to love Thee solely.

2.  All our knowledge, sense, and sight

Lie in deepest darkness shrouded

Till Thy Spirit breaks our night

With the beams of truth unclouded.

Thou alone to God canst win us;

Thou must work all good within us.

3.  Glorious Lord, Thyself impart,

Light of Light, from God proceeding;

Open Thou our ears and heart,

Help us by Thy Spirit’s pleading;

Hear the cry Thy people raises,

Hear and bless our prayers and praises.


English Translation (no later than 1927) by Robert Alexander Stewart Macalister (1870-1950)

Hymn Source = The Church Hymnary (1927), Presbyterian

1.  Look upon us, blessed Lord,

Take our wandering thoughts and guide us:

We ave come to hear Thy word:

With Thy teaching now provide us,

That, from earth’s distractions turning,

We Thy message may be learning.

2.  For Thy Spirit’s radiance bright

We, assembled here, are hoping:

If Thou shouldst withhold the light,

If the dark our souls were groping:

In word, deed, and thought direct us:

Thou, none other, canst direct us.

3.  Brightness of the Father’s face,

Light of Light, from God proceeding,

Make us ready in this place:

Ear and heart await Thy leading.

In our study, prayers, and praising,

May our souls find their upraising.


When from Egypt’s House of Bondage   Leave a comment

Sinai Desert

Above:  Sinai Desert, Between 1898 and 1946

Image Source = Library of Congress

Reproduction Number = LC-DIG-matpc-11863

Hymn Source = The Church Hymnary (1927), Presbyterian

Words (published in 1873) by Jennette Threlfall (1821-1880)


1.  When from Egypt’s house of bondage

Israel marched, a mighty band,

Little children numbered with them

Journeyed to the promised land;

Little children

Trod the desert’s trackless sand.

2.  Little children crossed the Jordan,

Landed on fair Canaan’s shore;

‘Neath the sheltering vine they rested,

Homeless wanderers no more;

Little children

Sang sweet praise for perils o’er.

3.  Saviour, like those Hebrew children,

Youthful pilgrims we would be;

From the chains of sin and Satan

Thou hast died to set us free;

We would traverse

All the wilderness to Thee.

4.  Guide our feeble, erring footsteps;

Shade us from the heat by day;

Be our light from shadowy nightfall

Till the darkness pass away;

Jesus, guard us

From the dangers of the way.

5.  When we reach the cold, dark river,

Bid us tremble not nor fear;

Be Thou with us in the waters–

We are safe if Thou art near;

Through the billows

Let the emerald bow appear.

6.  Then, our pilgrim journey ended,

All Thy glory we shall see,

Dwell with saints and holy angels,

Rest beneath life’s healing tree,–

Happy children,

Praising, blessing, loving Thee.