The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Now Let Us Join With Hearts And Tongues

For Christmas

Words: John Newton (1725-1807), 1779

Source: John Newton, Olney Hymns. London: W. Oliver, 1779, Book II, Hymn #39.

Meter: 8,8,8,8

Man honored above angels.

1. Now let us join with hearts and tongues,
And emulate the angels’ songs;
Yea, sinners may address their King
In songs that angels cannot sing.

2. They praise the Lamb who once was slain,
But we can add a higher strain;1
Not only say, “He suffered thus,”
But, that he suffered all for us.

3. When angels by transgression fell,
Justice consigned them all to hell;
But mercy formed a wondrous plan,
To save, and honor fallen man.

4. Jesus, who passed the angels by,2
Assumed our flesh to bleed and die;
And still he makes it his abode,
As man, he fills the throne of God.

5. Our next of kin, our Brother now,
Is he to whom the angels bow;
They join with us to praise his name,
But we the nearest interest claim.

6. But ah! how faint our praises rise!
Sure, ’tis the wonder of the skies;
That we, who share his richest love,
So cold and unconcerned should prove.

7. O glorious hour it comes with speed
When we from sin and darkness freed,
Shall see the GOD who died for man,
And praise him more than angels can.3

Notes from Newton:

1. Revelations - Chapter 5. Return

2. Heb 2:16: For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took
on him the seed of Abraham.

3. See also Book 3, Hymn 83 [When A Black Overspreading Cloud]. Return


Hymns on this site by John Newton:

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CCEL, The Olney Hymns (

Rodney Canete, “The Olney Hymns by John Newton.” Brown University, 1997. (

Al Rogers, “Amazing Grace: The Story of John Newton” (

The Cyberhymnal, “John Newton” (

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