O For A Seraph's Tongue To Tell
Words: The Rev. Thos. Troche, M.A., Perpetual Curate of the Chapel Royal, Brighton.
Music: Not Stated.
Source: The Church of England Magazine, Volume LXXII, No. 2123 (London: January 13, 1872), pp. 31-32.
Hymn for the Year 1872
"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill towards men."óLuke ii. 14.
O for a seraph's tongue to tell
The marvels of that midnight hour,
Which mock'd the rage of death and hell
With music's gentle power !
Darkness prevailed o'er earth and men:
Sweet sounds were hush'd; but, lo! a ray
Of light transcendent flash'd again,
Herald of gospel day.
By hand unseen the golden gates
Of heav'n are open flung, where he,
The angel of God's presence, waits
To do His ministry.
'Tis Nature's rest. Their fleecy flock
With wonted care the shepherds tend;
And now (but not their fears to mock)
That angel must descend.
His message giv'n, with aspect fair,
He re-ascends; when, lo! a throng
Of heav'n's trained minstrels rend the air
With one grand theme of song.
"All glory be to God on high,
And on th'unquiet earth be peace;
Good-will, henceforth, to men brought nigh
From heav'n, ne'er more to cease."
"What meaneth this?" With eager eyes
And throbbing hearts, these simple men
Would probe the depth of this surprise,
And list that song again.
O, may our hearts like echoes ring,
Nor feebly aim, with right endeavour,
To learn the songs blest angels sing,
And sing those songs for ever!
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