High Let Us Swell Our Tuneful Notes
For Christmas at Matins.
Also found under the title "Christmas Hymn"
Words: Philip Doddridge, 1755, alt.
Source: Rev. John Chandler, The Hymns of the Primitive Church (London: John W. Parker, 1837), pp. 47-48.
The Angels Song at Christ's Birth. Luke ii. 13, 14.
High let us swell our tuneful notes,
And join the angelic throng :
For angels no such love have known
T'awake a cheerful song.
Good-will to sinful man is shown,
And peace on earth is given:
For, lo! th' incarnate Saviour comes
With messages from heaven.
Justice and grace, in sweet accord,
His rising beams adorn;
Let heaven and earth in concert join,
" To us a child is born."
Glory to God, in highest strains,
In highest worlds be paid;
His glory by our lips proclaimed,
And by our lives displayed.
When shall we reach those blissful
Where Christ exalted reigns,
And learn of the celestial choir
Their own immortal strains ?
Also found in G. Walters, A Good Christmas Box (Dudley: G. Walters, 1847, Reprinted by Michael Raven, 2007), p. 51.
Also found in A Selection of Hymns for Christmas Day, 1814, To Be Sung at the Methodist New Chapel, Waltham Street, Hull, (Hull: Topping & Dazson, 1814), Hymn #11, pp. 11-12, with the following changes:
Verse 1, Line 4: To wake a rapt'rous song.
Verse 2, Line 1: Good-will, to guilty men is shewn,
Verse 3, Lines 3 & 4: Let
heaven and earth in concert join,
Now such a Child is born.
Verse 5, Line 3: We'll learn of the celestial choir
Also found in A Selection of Carols, Pieces, and Anthems, Suitable for Christmas. (London: W. Kent and Co.; Penzance: F. Rodda, ca. 1872) with the first four verses and the following differences:
2.4. With light and life from heaven
3.1. Mercy and truth with sweet accord
4.2. In all the world be paid;
4.3 Nor only by our lips proclaimed,
4.4. But in our lives displayed.
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