Words by:  Reginald Heber (1783-1826)

Music by: John B. Dykes (1823-1876)

The author of this song is Reginald Heber, he was born in England, on April 21, 1783. He wrote the song after his father-in-law, a cleric, approached him on Saturday evening and asked him to "write something for us to sing at the service tomorrow."

The tune was composed for these words by one of England’s leading church musicians of the nineteenth century, Dr. John Bacchus Dykes. John was born on March 10, 1823, and died on January 22, 1876. At the age 12 he became assistant organist at St. John’s Church in Hull, where his grandfather was vicar. John in addition to writing music, could also play organ, piano, violin, and horn. He composed more that 300 hymn tunes, and most of them are still used today.


Reader's Digest Family Songbook of Faith and Joy,  William L. Simon, editor.   Montreal, QC:  The Reader's Digest Association (Canada) Ltd, 1975.


Hymns of Glorious Praise, Springfield, Missouri:  Gospel Publishing House, 1969.



Reginald Heber (1783-1826)

John B. Dykes (1823-1876)

LYRICS:  Holy, Holy, Holy

  • Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
    Early in the morning our song shall rise to Thee;
    Holy, holy, holy, merciful and mighty!
    God in three Persons, blessed Trinity!
  • Holy, holy, holy! All the saints adore Thee,
    Casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea;
    Cherubim and seraphim falling down before Thee,
    Who wert, and art, and evermore shalt be
  • Holy, holy, holy! Tho' the darkness hide Thee,
    Tho' the eye of sinful man Thy glory may not see;
    Only Thou art holy; there is none beside Thee,
    Perfect in pow’r, in love, and purity.
  • Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
    All Thy works shall praise Thy Name, in earth, and sky, and sea;
    Holy, holy, holy; merciful and mighty!
    God in three Persons, blessed Trinity!