The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Sweeter Sounds Than Music Knows

For Christmas

Words: John Newton (1725-1807), 1779

Source: John Newton, Olney Hymns. London: W. Oliver, 1779, Book II, Hymn #37.

Meter: 7,7,7,7

Praise for the incarnation.

1. Sweeter sounds than music knows
Charm me, in EMMANUEL’S name;
All her hopes my spirit owes
To his birth, and cross, and shame.

2. When he came the angels sang
“Glory be to GOD on high,”
Lord, unloose my stamm’ring tongue,
Who should louder sing than I.

3. Did the Lord a man become
That he might the law fulfil,
Bleed and suffer in my room,
And canst thou, my tongue, be still.

4. No, I must my praises bring,
Though they worthless are, and weak;
For should I refuse to sing
Sure the very stones would speak.

5. O my Savior, Shield, and Sun,
Shepherd, Brother, Husband, Friend,
Every precious name in one;
I will love thee without end.

Note:

Hymns on this site by John Newton:

For more information, see:

CCEL, The Olney Hymns (http://www.ccel.org/ccel/newton/olneyhymns.html)

Rodney Canete, “The Olney Hymns by John Newton.” Brown University, 1997. (http://www.victorianweb.org/religion/hymns/olney.html)

Al Rogers, “Amazing Grace: The Story of John Newton” (http://www.anointedlinks.com/amazing_grace.html)

The Cyberhymnal, “John Newton” (http://www.hymntime.com/tch/bio/n/e/w/newton_j.htm)

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