Songs of praise the angels sang

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1 Songs of praise the angels sang,
heaven with alleluias rang,
when creation was begun,
when God 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 Heaven and earth must pass away;
songs of praise shall crown that day:
God will make new heavens and earth;
songs of praise shall hail their birth.

4 And shall we 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 Hymns of glory, songs of praise,
Father, unto thee we raise,
Jesu, glory unto thee,
with the Spirit, ever be.

Source: Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #782

Author: James Montgomery

Montgomery, James, son of John Montgomery, a Moravian minister, was born at Irvine, Ayrshire, Nov. 4, 1771. In 1776 he removed with his parents to the Moravian Settlement at Gracehill, near Ballymena, county of Antrim. Two years after he was sent to the Fulneck Seminary, Yorkshire. He left Fulneck in 1787, and entered a retail shop at Mirfield, near Wakefield. Soon tiring of that he entered upon a similar situation at Wath, near Rotherham, only to find it quite as unsuitable to his taste as the former. A journey to London, with the hope of finding a publisher for his youthful poems ended in failure; and in 1792 he was glad to leave Wath for Shefield to join Mr. Gales, an auctioneer, bookseller, and printer of the Sheffield Register newspap… Go to person page >


Songs of praise the angels sang [sing]. J. Montgomery. [Universal Praise.] Published in Cotterill’s Selection, 1819, No. 168, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines, and headed "God worthy of all Praise." It was repeated in Montgomery's Christian Psalmist, 1825, No. 562; and in his Original Hymns. 1853, No. 90. The heading in 1825 and 1853 was changed to "Glory to God in the highest." The opening line is sometimes changed to “Songs of praise the angels sing." The use of this hymn is extensive.

-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)




The tune MONKLAND has a fascinating if complex history. Rooted in a tune for the text "Fahre fort" in Johann A. Freylinghausen's (PHH 34) famous hymnal, Geistreiches Gesangbuch (1704), it then was significantly altered by John Antes (b. Frederick, PA, 1740; d. Bristol, England, 1811) in a Moravian m…

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Instances (1 - 19 of 19)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
A New Hymnal for Colleges and Schools #572
Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #782Text
Baptist Hymnal 1991 #235TextScoreAudioPage Scan
Celebrating Grace Hymnal #317TextPage Scan
Christian Worship: a Lutheran hymnal #222TextPage Scan
Church Hymnal, Fifth Edition #369
Common Praise (1998) #370Text
Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #574Page Scan
Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #621
Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #426Text
Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Standard Edition #196
Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #350Text
Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #668
Lutheran Worship #447Text
Small Church Music #1585Audio
Small Church Music #2927Audio
The Cyber Hymnal #6216TextScoreAudio
The New English Hymnal #451
Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #254TextPage Scan
Include 474 pre-1979 instances