Swell the anthem, raise the song

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1 Swell the anthem, raise the song!
Praises to our God belong;
Saints and angels join to sing,
Praise to heavens Almighty King.

2 Blessings from his liberal hand,
Pour around this happy land;
Let our hearts beneath his sway,
Hail the bright triumphant day.

3 Lo! the trembling nations stand,
Smote by thy avenging hand;
O'er their wide-extended plains,
Awful desolation reigns.

4 Yet, to Thee our joys ascend,
Thou hast been our heavenly friend,
Guarded by thy mighty power,
Peace and freedom bless our shore.

5 Here beneath a virtuous sway,
Subjects cheerfully obey,
Here we feel no tyrant's rod,
here we own, and worship god.

6 Hark! the voice of nature sings,
Praises to the King of kings;
let us join the choral song,
And the heavenly notes prolong.

The Hartford Selection of Hymns from the most approved authors, 1799

Author: Nathan Strong

Strong, Nathan, D.D., a leading Congregational divine of his day, was born at Coventry, Connecticut, Oct. 16, 1748, and educated at Yale College, where he graduated in 1769. He first studied law, but soon turned his attention to the ministry. In January 1774 he became the Pastor of the First Congregational Church at Hartford, and remained there to his death in 1816. In 1796 he won much repute through his essay on The Doctrine of Eternal Misery consistent with the Infinite Benevolence of God. He founded The Connecticut Evangelical Magazine, in 1800, and also took a prominent part in establishing the Connecticut Home Mission Society in 1801. His degree of D.D. was conferred by the University of Princeton. His services to American hymnology, a… Go to person page >

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First Line: Swell the anthem, raise the song
Author: Nathan Strong
Language: English



George J. Elvey (PHH 48) composed ST. GEORGE'S WINDSOR as a setting for James Montgomery's text "Hark! The Song of Jubilee," with which it was published in Edward H. Thorne's Selection of Psalm and Hymn Tunes (1858). The tune has been associated with Alford's text since publication of the hymn in th…

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