Where high the heavenly temple stands

Where high the heavenly temple stands,
the house of God not made with hands,
a great High Priest our nature wears,
the Guardian of mankind appears.

He, who for men their surety stood,
and poured on earth his precious blood,
pursues in heaven his mighty plan,
the Savior and the Friend of man.

Though now ascended up on high,
he bends on earth a brother's eye;
partaker of the human name,
he knows the frailty of our frame.

Our fellow-sufferer yet retains
a fellow feeling of our pains;
and still remembers in the skies
his tears, his agonies and cries.

In every pang that rends the heart
the Man of Sorrows had a part;
he sympathizes with our grief,
and to the sufferer sends relief.

With boldness therefore at the throne
let us make all our sorrows know;
and ask the aid of heavenly power
to help us in the evil hour.

Words: Michael Bruce (1746-1767), 1764

MIDI: Warrington (Ralph Harrison, 1748-1810)

Meter: LM

Hymnal, Year Number Tunes Other comments
Hymns Ancient & Modern, 1861-1874 151 Commandments  
The Anglican Hymn Book, 1868 200 Dortmund  
The Sarum Hymnal, 1869 172 Song 34  
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 552 Commandments  
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 1874 209 Melcombe  
Hymns Ancient & Modern, Standard, 1875-1924 201 Commandments  
A Church of England Hymn Book, 1879 459    
The Universal Hymn Book, 1885 050 Commandments  
The Hymnal Companion, 1890 233 Wareham  
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 601 Commandments  
Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Edition, 1904 345 Wareham  
The English Hymnal, 1906      
The Book of Common Praise, 1908 666 Canonbury  
The Hymnal 1916      
Church Hymnal for the Christian Year, 1917 383 Warrington  
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 1919 397 Melcombe  
Church Hymnal Revised, 1920
The Oxford Hymn Book, 1925 325 Wareham, Wells  
Songs of Praise, 1925      
Songs of Praise, Enlarged Edition, 1931      
The Book of Common Praise, 1938 452 Brockham, Canonbury  
The Hymnal 1940      
Hymns Ancient & Modern, Revised, 1950 204 Almsgiving  
The Mirfield Mission Hymn Book, 1955      
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 1960 401 Melcombe  
Anglican Hymn Book, 1965 212 Warrington  
The Hymn Book 1971      
The Australian Hymn Book / With One Voice, 1977 298 Soldau  
The Hymnal 1982      
Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Standard, 1983 130 Wareham  
The New English Hymnal, 1985      
Hymns for Today's Church, second edition, 1988 184 Warrington Text modernized, vv. 1-4,6
Church Family Worship, 1988      
Hymns Old & New, New Anglican Edition, 1996      
Common Praise (The Anglican Church of Canada), 1998      
Together in Song: The Australian Hymn Book II, 1999 377 Wareham  
Sing Glory, 1999      
Complete Mission Praise, 2000      
Common Praise: Hymns Ancient & Modern, 2000      
Hymns Old & New, Complete Anglican Edition, 2000      
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 2000 291 Melcombe  

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