Hark! hark! - the notes of joy

Hark! hark! - the notes of joy

Author: Andrew Reed (1787-1862)
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1 Hark! hark!--the notes of joy
Roll o'er the heavenly plains,
And seraphs find employ
For their sublimest strains;
Some new delight in heaven is known;
Loud sound the harps around the throne.

2 Hark! hark! the sounds draw nigh,
The joyful hosts descend;
Jesus forsakes the sky,
To earth his footsteps bend:
He comes to bless our fallen race;
He comes with messages of grace.

3 Bear, bear the tidings round;
Let every mortal know
What love in God is found,
What pity he can show:
Ye winds that blow! ye waves that roll!
Bear the glad news from pole to pole.

4 Strike, strike the harps again,
To great Immanuel's name;
Arise, ye sons of men!
And all his grace proclaim:
Angels and men! wake every string,
'Tis God the Saviour's praise we sing.

Source: The Voice of Praise: a collection of hymns for the use of the Methodist Church #154

Author: Andrew Reed (1787-1862)

Reed, Andrew, D.D., son of Andrew Reed, was born in London on Nov. 27, 1787, and educated for the Congregational Ministry at Hackney College, London. He was first the pastor of the New Road Chapel, St. George's-in-the-East, and then of the Wycliffe Chapel, which was built through his exertions in 1830. His degree was conferred by Yule College, America. He died Feb. 25, 1862. As the founder of "The London Orphan Asylum," "The Asylum for Fatherless Children," “The Asylum for Idiots” "The Infant Orphan Asylum," and "The Hospital for Incurables," Dr. Reed is more fully known, and will be longer remembered than by his literary publications. His Hymn Book was the growth of years. The preparation began in 1817, when he published a Supplement… Go to person page >

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First Line: Hark! hark! - the notes of joy
Author: Andrew Reed (1787-1862)
Source: Reed's Collection


Hark, hark the notes of joy, p. 954, i., 5. This hymn appeared in the Evangelical Magazine, Jan. 1818, p. 48, signed " K.," and headed "A Missionary Hymn."

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)



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