Music and Poetry of Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty (1826): A Sung Prayer of the Christian Tradition

This is a close study of the poem and musical setting for Holy Holy Holy Lord God Almighty. This hymn, written in 1826, is one of the most sung hymns of the Protestant and Episcopal traditions. The author of the hymn, Bishop Reginald Heber was the Bishop of Calcutta, India.

This book is Volume 16 in the Mellen Series called The Sung Prayers of the Christian Tradition.


"Bishop Reginald Heber (1783-1826) composed 'Holy, Holy, Holy' early in his ecclesiastical career, during his tenure as vicar of Hodnet, Yorkshire, intending the piece as a hymn for the Trinity, and basing its text upon a paraphrase of Revelation 4: 8-11. He directed it to be sung as a principal part of the Church of England worship service, placed between the recitation of the Nicene Creed and the sermon."

Table of Contents

1. The Texts

2. Introduction to the Hymn

3. The Text As Poetry

4. The Text As Congregational Hymn, in Hymn Book and Hymnal

5. Reginald Heber (1783-1826)

6. Reginald Heber Beyond "Holy, Holy, Holy"

7. Hymn Tunes and Their Composers

8. Critical Reactions

9. Appendices

10. List of Works Cited adn Consulted