Jesus, good above all other


Jesus, good above all other,
gentle Child of gentle Mother,
in a stable born our Redeemer,
give us grace to persevere.

Jesus, cradled in a manger,
for us facing every danger,
living as a homeless stranger,
make we thee our King most dear.

Jesus, for thy people dying,
risen Master, death defying,
Lord in heaven, thy grace supplying,
keep us to thy presence near.

Jesus, who our sorrows bearest,
all our thoughts and hopes thou sharest,
thou to man the truth declarest;
help us all thy truth to hear.

Lord, in all our doings guide us;
pride and hate shall never divide us;
we'll go on with thee beside us,
and with joy we'll persevere!


Words: Adam of St. Victor (12th century);
trans. John Mason Neale (1818-1866) (Jesus, kind above all other);
adapted Percy Dearmer (1867-1936), 1906

MIDI: Quem pastores laudavere (German carol, 14th century; arranged by Ralph Vaughan Williams, 1872-1958)

Meter: 888 7

Hymnal, Year Number Tunes Other comments
Hymns Ancient & Modern, 1861-1874      
The Anglican Hymn Book, 1868       
The Sarum Hymnal, 1869      
The Church Hymnal, 1871 (Hall & Whiteley)      
The Church Hymnal, 1874 (Goodrich & Gilbert)      
The Church Hymnal, 1874 (Tucker & Rousseau)      
The Church Hymnal, 1874 (Hutchins)      
Church Hymns with Tunes, 1874      
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 1874      
Hymns Ancient & Modern, Standard, 1875-1924      
A Church of England Hymn Book, 1879      
The Universal Hymn Book, 1885      
The Hymnal Companion, 1890      
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Darlington)      
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Parker)      
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Hutchins)      
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Tucker & Rousseau)      
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Helfenstein)      
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Messiter)      
The Yattendon Hymnal, 1900
     
Church Hymns, New Edition, 1903      
Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Edition, 1904      
The English Hymnal, 1906 598 Quem pastores laudavere  
The Book of Common Praise, 1908      
The Hymnal 1916      
Church Hymnal for the Christian Year, 1917      
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 1919      
Church Hymnal Revised, 1920
(Hutchins)
     
The Oxford Hymn Book, 1925      
Songs of Praise, 1925 429 Quem pastores laudavere  
Songs of Praise, Enlarged Edition, 1931 540 Quem pastores laudavere  
The Book of Common Praise, 1938      
The Hymnal 1940 322 Quem pastores laudavere  
Hymns Ancient & Modern, Revised, 1950      
The Mirfield Mission Hymn Book, 1955 193 Quem pastores laudavere  
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 1960 585 Quem pastores laudavere  
Anglican Hymn Book, 1965 263 Quem pastores laudavere  
The Hymn Book 1971      
The Australian Hymn Book / With One Voice, 1977 177 Quem pastores laudavere  
The Hymnal 1982      
Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Standard, 1983 378 Quem pastores laudavere  
The New English Hymnal, 1985 387 Quem pastores laudavere  
Hymns for Today's Church, second edition, 1988 096 Quem pastores laudavere  
Church Family Worship, 1988 195 Quem pastores laudavere  
Hymns Old & New, New Anglican Edition, 1996 269 Quem pastores laudavere  
Common Praise (The Anglican Church of Canada), 1998      
Together in Song: The Australian Hymn Book II, 1999      
Sing Glory, 1999      
Complete Mission Praise, 2000      
Common Praise: Hymns Ancient & Modern, 2000 487 Quem pastores laudavere  
Hymns Old & New, Complete Anglican Edition, 2000 350 Quem pastores laudavere  
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 2000 585 Quem pastores laudavere  

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