Sing, ye faithful, sing with gladness!

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1 Sing, ye faithful, sing with gladness,
wake your noblest, sweetest strain,
with the praises of your Savior
let his house resound again;
him let all your music honor,
and your songs exalt his reign.

2 Sing how he come forth from heaven,
bowed himself to Bethlehem's cave,
stooped to wear the servant's vesture,
bore the pain, the cross, the grave,
passed within the gates of darkness,
thence his banished ones to save.

3 So, he tasted death for mortals,
he, of human-kind the head,
sinless one, among the sinful,
Prince of life, among the dead;
thus he wrought the full redemption,
and the captor captive led.

4 Now on high, yet ever with us,
from his Father's throne the Son
rules and guides the world he ransomed,
till the appointed work be done,
till he see, renewed and perfect,
all things gathered into one.

Source: Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #492

Author: John Ellerton

Ellerton, John, M.A., son of George Ellerton, was born in London, Dec. 16, 1826, and educated at Trinity College, Cambridge (B.A. 1849; M.A. 1854). Taking Holy Orders he was successively Curate of Easebourne, Sussex, 1850; Brighton, and Lecturer of St. Peter's, Brighton, 1852; Vicar of Crewe Green, and Chaplain to Lord Crewe, 1860; Rector of Hinstock, 1872; of Barnes, 1876; and of White Roding, 1886. Mr. Ellerton's prose writings include The Holiest Manhood, 1882; Our Infirmities, 1883, &c. It is, however, as a hymnologist, editor, hymnwriter, and translator, that he is most widely known. As editor he published: Hymns for Schools and Bible Classes, Brighton, 1859. He was also co-editor with Bishop How and others of the Society for Promoting… Go to person page >

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First Line: Sing, ye faithful, sing with gladness!
Author: John Ellerton
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


Sing, ye faithful, sing with gladness. J. Ellerton. [ Christmas.] First published in the Rev. E. Brown-Borthwick's Sixteen Hymns for Church and Home, 1870, in 8 stanzas of 6 lines ], with the refrain, "Evermore and evermore." It is repeated, unaltered, in the Brown-Borthwick Select Hymns for Church and Home, 1871. This form of the hymn is the authorized text. In the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge Church Hymns, 1871, it was given, with slight alterations, and the omission of st. ii.-iv., and the refrain. This hymn is partly an imitation of Prudentius's "Da puer plectrum".

-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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AGO Founders Hymnal #69
Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #492Text
The New English Hymnal #448
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