The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Come, Happy Souls

Words: Isaac Watts

Music: "Antioch," Arr. from G. F. Handel
MIDI / Noteworthy Composer / PDF

Source: Silas H. Durant and P. G. Lester, eds., Hymn and Tune Book, Greenfield, Indiana: D. H. Goble: 1886, Hymn #54, p. 21.

1. Come, happy souls, approach your God
    With new melodious songs;
Come, render to almighty grace
    The tribute of your tongues.

2. So strange, so boundless was the love
    That pitied dying men,
The Father sent his equal Son
    To give them life again.

3. Thy hands, dear Jesus, was not armed
    With a revenging rod,
No hard commission to perform
    The vengeance of a God;

4. But all was mercy, all was mild,
    And wrath forsook the throne,
When Christ on the kind errand came,
    And brought salvation down.

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