Words: James Montgomery, 1819
Music: "Monkland," John Antes (1740-1811); arranged by John Bernard Wilkes, 1861
Alternates: Culbach, MIDI / Noteworthy Composer
Innocents, MIDI / Noteworthy Composer
Meter: 77 77
Source: James Montgomery, Sacred Poems and Hymns (New York: D. Appleton and Co., 1854), No. 90, pp. 93-94.
1. Songs of praise the angels sang,
Heaven with halleluias rang,
When Jehovah's work begun,
When He spake, and it was done.
2. Songs of praise awoke the morn,
When the Prince of Peace was born:
Songs of praise arose, when He
Captive led captivity.
3. Heav'n and earth must pass away,
Songs of praise shall crown that day;
God will make new heavens, new earth,
Songs of praise shall hail their birth.
4. And can man alone be dumb,
Till that glorious kingdom come?
No; -- the Church delights to raise
Psalms, and hymns, and songs of praise.
5. Saints below, with heart and voice,
Still in songs of praise rejoice;
Learning here, by faith and love,
Songs of praise to sing above.
6. Borne upon their latest breath,
Songs of praise shall conquer death;
Then, amidst eternal joy,
Songs of praise their powers employ.
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7. Hymns of glory, songs of praise,
Father, unto Thee we raise;
Jesus, glory unto Thee,
With the Spirit, ever be.