The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

High Let Us Swell Our Tuneful Notes

For Christmas

Hymn CCI.

Version 1
Compare: High Let Us Swell Our Tuneful Notes (from Chandler, 1837)

Words: Philip Doddridge, 1755

Music: Oxford New
MIDI / Noteworthy Composer
Meter: CM

Source: Job Orton, ed., Hymns Founded on Various Texts in the Holy Scriptures by the late Reverend P. Doddridge, D.D. Third Edition. (London: 1766), pp. 179-180. "Printed from the Author's Manuscript."

The Angels Song at Christ's Birth. Luke ii. 13, 14.

1 HIGH let us swell our tuneful Notes,
And join th' angelic Throng;
For Angels no such Love have known
T' awake a chearful Song.

2 Good-Will to sinful Men is shewn,
And Peace on Earth is giv'n;
For lo, th' incarnate Saviour comes
With Messages from Heav'n.

3 Justice and Grace with sweet Accord
His rising Beams adorn;
Let Heav'n and Earth in Consort join,
Now such a Child is born.

4 Glory to God in highest Strains
In highest Worlds be paid;
His Glory by our Lips proclaim'd,
And by our Lives display'd.

5 When shall we reach those blissful Realms,
Where Christ exalted reigns,
And learn of the celestial Choir
Their own immortal Strains?

Sheet Music from Rev. Richard R. Chope, Carols For Use In Church (London: William Clowes & Sons, 1894), Carol #37
MIDI / Noteworthy Composer / PDF

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Sheet Music from Ralph Dunstan, The Cornish Song Book (London: Reid Bros., Ltd., 1929), p. 95.

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