The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

The Son of God! The Lord of Life!

For Easter

Alternate Title: O For A Harp of Thousand Strings

Words: “A. Gray,” a pseudonym of George Mogridge (17 February 1787 – 2 November 1854) , 1851

Tune: “Old 137th

Meter: 8 6 8 6 (C.M.)

Source: John Ford, Selected Hymns for the Use of Young Persons. Second Edition. (London: A. W. Bennett, 1866) pp. 133-134. [PDF 148-149]

The Son of God ! the Lord of Life !
   How wondrous are His ways ! O for a harp of thousand strings,
   To sound abroad his praise ! How passing strange, to leave the seat
   Of Heaven's eternal throne, And hosts of glittering Seraphim,
For guilty man alone !

And did He bow His sacred head,
   And die a death of shame ? Let men and angels magnify
   And bless His holy name ! O let us live in peace and love,
   And cast away our pride. And crucify our sins afresh.
As He was crucified !

He rose again ; then let us rise
   From sin, and Christ adore, And dwell in peace with all mankind,
   And tempt the Lord no more : The Son of God! the Lord of Life !
   How wondrous are His ways ! O for a harp of thousand strings
To sound abroad His praise !

Sheet Music “Old 137th,” Ravenscroft, from John Hullah, A Hymnal Chiefly From “The Book of Praise” (London: Macmillan and Co., 1868), No. 63, p. 66.


This is an excerpt from a much longer hymn, I Sing The Coming Of The Lord.

This carol is reproduced either as six verses of four lines each, or three verses of eight lines each. Also published in:

George Mogridge (17 February 1787 – 2 November 1854), a prolific 19th century writer, poet and author of children's books and religious tracts. He is chiefly known by his pseudonym of 'Old Humphrey', under which name he published 46 works, but also used the pen-names 'Jeremy Jaunt', 'Ephraim Holding', 'Peter Parley,' 'Old Alan Gray,' 'A. Gray,' and 'Old Father Thames'. He wrote approximately 200 published works, many of which are still in publication today, and at the time of his death it was estimated that over 15 million copies of his writings were in circulation. Source: George Mogridge (Old Humphrey), Wikipedia, alt.

Also found in The Book of Christmas Hymns (London: T. Nelson and Sons, 1868), pp. 93-94.

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