Two hundred twenty five years ago today Reginald Heber (April 21, 1783-April 3, 1826) was born in England. He is best known for writing the hymn, “Holy, Holy, Holy.” He also wrote over 300 other hymns. He became a bishop in the Church of England and travelled to Calcutta, India in 1823 to serve as Bishop of Calcutta. He died three years later. A short summation of his life and accomplishments can be found here, where it is said of him that he was “a pious man of profound learning, literary taste and great practical energy.”

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, blessèd 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,
Which wert, and art, and evermore shalt be.
Holy, holy, holy! though the darkness hide Thee,
Though the eye of sinful man Thy glory may not see;
Only Thou art holy; there is none beside Thee,
Perfect in power, 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, blessèd Trinity!
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