Ye servants of God! Your Master proclaimAuthor: Charles Wesley (1744)
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1 You servants of God, your Master proclaim,
and publish abroad his wonderful name;
the name all-victorious of Jesus extol;
his kingdom is glorious and rules over all.
2 God rules in the height, almighty to save;
though hid from our sight, his presence we have;
the great congregation his triumph shall sing,
ascribing salvation to Jesus our King.
3 "Salvation to God, who sits on the throne!"
let all cry aloud, and honor the Son;
the praises of Jesus the angels proclaim,
fall down on their faces and worship the Lamb.
4 Then let us adore and give him his right:
all glory and power, all wisdom and might,
all honor and blessing with angels above
and thanks never ceasing for infinite love.
Psalter Hymnal, 1987
|First Line:||Ye servants of God! Your Master proclaim|
|Title:||Ye Servants of God, Your Master Proclaim|
|Author:||Charles Wesley (1744)|
st. 1 = Deut. 32:3, Ps.148:13, Ps.145:11-13
st. 3 = Rev. 5:12-14, Rev. 7:10
The year this text was written, 1744, was a year of political and religious turmoil in Britain. The newly formed Methodist societies were suspected of being merely disguised Roman Catholic societies and were accused of attempting to overthrow the Crown. To strengthen and reassure his Methodist followers,
Charles Wesley (PHH 267) anonymously published Hymns for Times of Trouble and Persecution (1744). This text, in seventeen stanzas, was the first of the "Hymns to be Sung in a Tumult." Of those stanzas, 1 and 4-6 of Wesley's Part I are included; the battle-song stanzas, which the small but heroic Methodist groups sang in the face of violent opposition, are omitted.
The text is a hymn of thankful praise to Christ for his victorious reign and for providing salvation for his people. It reveals the cosmic scope of Christ's kingdom (st. I) and helps us to join our voices with the great doxology to Christ, the Lamb, as foretold in Revelation 5:9-14 (st. 24). In the first stanza "servants" refers to all Christians, not just clergy, to those made "to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God" (Rev. 5:10).
A great doxology for festive services such as Easter; with eschatological preaching during Advent; other services that focus on Christ's work of redemption and his glory.
--Psalter Hymnal Handbook
Ye servants of God, Your Master proclaim. C. Wesley. [Missions.] Published in Hymns for Times of Trouble and Persecution, 1744, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines, as No. 1 of “Hymns to be sung in Tumult" (Poetical Works, 1868-72, vol. iv. p. 51). It is given in its full, or in an abbreviated form in several of the older collections, and especially those of the Church of England. In 1830 a cento was included in the Supplement of the Wesleyan Hymn Book, No. 557, stanzas i.-v. being from this hymn, and st. vi. from C. Wesley's Funeral Hymns, 1746, No. 6, st. v. In the revised edition of the Wesleyan Hymn Book, 1875, this last stanza was omitted.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
Charles Wesley is the author of this hymn text. He wrote it in 1744 for Hymns for Times of Trouble and Persecution in the section titled “Hymns to Be Sung in Tumult.” The occasion for writing was a time of persecution for Methodists in England. They were accused of disloyalty to the British Crown among other things, and were therefore subject to violent persecution.
The text originally had six stanzas, but two of them were quite specific to the Methodist persecution of the time, and are therefore omitted in modern hymnals. Otherwise, the text has been passed down in a very consistent form. The four stanzas elaborate on the theme of God's glory and victorious power. The last two stanzas allude to eschatological passages throughout Revelation.
HANOVER and LYONS are quite similar tunes which share the same meter and opening five notes. HANOVER is more popular with this text, and was written in 1708. The composer is not known for certain, as it first appeared anonymously. However, William Croft was involved in the collection of psalm tunes in which it was first published, Tate and Brady's The Supplement to the New Version of the Psalms, and he is generally credited with the tune. It has also been credited to George F. Handel, but since he did not come to England until a few years after the tune was published, it is unlikely that he is the composer. However, this association may have led to the name of the tune. Handel became Kapellmeister to George I of England, who was of the House of Hanover.
The composer of LYONS is also unknown. The tune first appeared in William Gardiner's Sacred Melodies in 1815 with the note “Subject Haydn,” which led to the theory that it was originally written by someone with the surname of Haydn. Whether it was the famous Franz Joseph Haydn or his brother Johann Michael Haydn has been a matter of debate. However, some recent research has indicated that any attribution to Haydn may be spurious. For either tune, sing with a sturdy tempo and bright accompaniment to suit the celebratory nature of the text.
This hymn can be used as a doxology for a festive occasion, or for a service based on a text from Revelation depicting worship before the throne of God. For such a use, “HANOVER” and “LYONS” are arrangements for brass quartet designed to supplement the organ for congregational singing. Either tune would make a good choice for a glorious prelude or postlude in settings such as are found for HANOVER in “Three Hymns of Praise, Set 4” for organ or “He Leadeth Me” for piano. This hymn could also be used in a medley with other hymn tunes of praise, such as in “Prayludes for Summer,” for piano where LYONS is combined with LOBE DEN HERREN and ITALIAN HYMN.
Tiffany Shomsky, Hymnary.org
|Instances (1 - 54 of 54)||First Line||Title||Tune||Tune Key||Author||Meter||Scripture||Date||Subject||Source|
|Ambassador Hymnal: for Lutheran worship #175||Ye servants of God, your Master proclaim||Ye Servants of God, Your Master Proclaim||LYONS||Charles Wesley, 1707-1788||10 10 11 11||1994||Adoration | ; Challenge | ; Praise | ; Prayer ||
|Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #827||Ye servants of God, your Master proclaim||PADERBORN||Charles Wesley (1707-1788)||10 10 11 11||Daniel 7:14; Colossians 1:15-16; Revelation 7:11-12||2013||Angels | ; Jesus | name; Kingdom of God | ; Praise ||
|Baptist Hymnal 1991 #589||Ye servants of God, your Master proclaim||Ye Servants of God||LYONS||Charles Wesley||10.10.11.11.||1 Corinthians 9:16||1991|
|Baptist Hymnal 2008 #348||Ye servants of God, your Master proclaim||Ye Servants of God||LYONS||Charles Wesley||10.10.11.11.||2008||Declaration, Proclamation of Faith | ; Praise, Adoration, Worship, Exaltation of God ||
|Celebrating Grace Hymnal #420||Ye servants of God, your Master proclaim||Ye Servants of God||CHU LEUNG||Charles Wesley||10.10.11.11 with refrain||Revelation 7:9-11||2010||The Church at Worship | Proclamation; God-Majesty and Power | ; Praise and Adoration-God | ; Proclamation ||
|Chalice Hymnal #110||You servants of God, your Savior proclaim||You Servants of God||HANOVER||Charles Wesley||10 10.11 11||Revelation 7:9-12||1995||God Known in Jesus Christ | Praise to Christ; Descants | ; Jesus Christ | ; Jesus Christ: Name | ; Jesus Christ: Reign | ; Jesus Christ: Savior | ; Proclamation ||
|Church Hymnal, Fifth Edition #492||Ye servants of God, your Master proclaim||2000|
|Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #130||Ye servants of God, your Master proclaim||LAUDATE DOMINUM||Charles Wesley (1707-1788)||10 10 11 11||Revelation 5:8-14; Revelation 7:9-17||2005||Angels | ; Church | worship; Communion of Saints | ; God | in majesty|
|Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #627||Ye servants of God, your Master proclaim||LAUDATE DOMINUM (GAUNTLETT)||Charles Wesley, 1707-1788||10 10 11 11||Daniel 4:34; Daniel 6:26; Exodus 33:14; Isaiah 63:1; John 5:23; Psalm 35:18; Psalm 103:19; Psalm 113:1; Revelation 5:8-14||2000||Proper 8 | Year A|
|Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #772||Ye servants of God, your Master proclaim||Ye servants of God, your Master proclaim||2000|
|Complete Mission Praise #784||Ye servants of God, your Master proclaim||55 55 65 65||2000|
|Evangelical Lutheran Worship #825||You servants of God, your Master proclaim||You Servants of God||LYONS||Charles Wesley, 1707-1788||10 10 11 11||2006||Praise, Thanksgiving | ; Ascension | ; Witness ||
|Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #299||You servants of God, your Master proclaim||You Servants of God, Your Master Proclaim||HANOVER||Charles Wesley||10.10.11.11||Deuteronomy 32:3; Psalm 35:18; Psalm 85:9; Psalm 96:1-10; Psalm 103:19-22; Psalm 113:1-5; Psalm 145:12; Isaiah 52:13; Philippians 2:9-11; 1 Timothy 6:16; Jude 24 - 25; Revelation 1:5-6; Revelation 5:9-14; Revelation 7:9-11; Revelation 19:1; Revelation 22:3||2013||Adoration | ; The Church | ; Evangelism | ; Kingdom of God | ; Salvation ||
|Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #535||Ye servants of God, your Master proclaim||PADERBORN||Charles Wesley, 1707-1788||10 10. 11 11||1985|
|Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Standard Edition #149||Ye servants of God, your Master proclaim||55 55 65 65||1983|
|Hymns and Psalms - 1983 #278a||Ye servants of God, your Master proclaim||Ye servants of God, your Master proclaim||LAUDATE DOMINUM (GAUNTLETTE)||Charles Wesley||1983|
|Hymns and Psalms - 1983 #278b||Ye servants of God, your Master proclaim||Ye servants of God, your Master proclaim||LAUDATE DOMINUM||Charles Wesley||1983|
|Hymns for a Pilgrim People: a congregational hymnal #75||Ye servants of God, your Master proclaim||Ye Servants of God, Your Master Proclaim||HANOVER||Charles Wesley, 1707-1788||10.10.11.11||Revelation 7:10||2007||Ascension | ; Jesus Christ | ; Kingdom | ; Salvation ||
|Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #520||You servants of God, your master proclaim||PADERBORN||C. Wesley (1707-1788)||10 10 11 11||1987||God's Church | Mission and Ministry; Pentecost 5 | The Church's Mission to All; Pentecost 12 | The Witnessing Community; Last Sunday after Pentecost | Citizens of Heaven|
|Hymns of Faith #49||Ye servants of God, your Master proclaim||Ye Servants of God||[Ye servants of God, your Master proclaim]||Charles Wesley||Psalm 23; Revelation 5:13; Revelation 19:1||1980||Adoration | ; Christ | Kingship and Reign; Christ | Name|
|Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #841||Ye servants of God||PADERBORN||Charles Wesley||2008|
|Hymns Old and New: New Anglican #565||Ye servants of God, your Master proclaim||55 55 65 65||1996|
|Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #582||You servants of God, your Master proclaim||You Servants of God, Your Master Proclaim||HANOVER||Charles Wesley||10.10.11.11||Psalm 145:11-13; Psalm 148:13; Daniel 3:26; Revelation 5:12-14; Revelation 7:10; Deuteronomy 32:3||2013||Evangelism | ; Jesus Christ | Lamb; Jesus Christ | Master; Praise of Christ | ; Elements of Worship | Praise and Adoration|
|Moravian Book of Worship #565||Ye servants of God, your Master proclaim||Ye Servants of God||LYONS||Charles Wesley||10.10.11.11.||Psalm 96; Psalm 103:19-22; Isaiah 12:1-6; Philippians 2:5-11; Colossians 3:12-17; 1 Peter 4:8-11; Jude 1:24-25; Revelation 5:6-14; Revelation 7:9-17||1995||Worship | ; Christ--Adoration and praise | ; Christ--Name of Jesus | ; Christ--Victorious ||
|Praise! Our Songs and Hymns #68||Ye servants of God, your Master proclaim||Ye Servants of God||HANOVER||Charles Wesley||1979||Worship | The Son|
|Presbyterian Hymnal: hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs #477||Ye servants of God, your Master proclaim||Ye Servants of God, Your Master Proclaim||HANOVER||Charles Wesley||10.10.11.11||Revelation 7:9-12||1990||Jesus Christ | Praise; Morning and Opening Hymns ||
|Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #477||You servants of God, your master proclaim||You Servants of God, Your Master Proclaim||HANOVER||Charles Wesley||10 10 11 11||Psalm 145:11-13||1987||Doxologies | ; Ascension & Reign of Christ | ; King, God/Christ as | ; Praise & Adoration | ; Redemption | ; Angels ||
|Rejoice Hymns #60||Ye servants of God, your Master proclaim||Ye Servants of God||HANOVER||Charles Wesley, 1707-1788||10.10.11.11.||Psalm 69:30||2011||Adoration | ; Adoration and Praise | ; God | Majesty and Power; Jesus | name; Praise | ; Worship ||
|Rejoice in the Lord #598||Ye servants of God, your Master proclaim||Ye Servants of God||LYONS||Charles Wesley||10 10.11 11||Revelation 5:12||1985||Beginning of Worship | ; Jesus Christ | Master|
|Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal #256||Ye servants of God, your Master proclaim||HANOVER||1985|
|Sing Glory: Hymns, Psalms and Songs for a New Century #75||Ye servants of God, your Master proclaim||55 55 65 65||1999|
|Sing Joyfully #74||Ye servants of God, your Master proclaim||Ye Servants of God, Your Master Proclaim||[Ye servants of God, your Master proclaim]||Charles Wesley||1989||Adoration | ; Worship ||
|Singing the Faith #340||Ye servants of God, your master proclaim||LAUDATE DOMINUM (Parry)||Charles Wesley, 1707-1788||10 10 11 11||Colossians 1:15-16; Daniel 4:3; Daniel 7; Isaiah 52:13; Luke 23:42; Psalm 35:18; Psalm 85:9; Psalm 103:19; Psalm 145:12; Revelation 7:11-12; Revelation 19:1||2011||Jesus Christ: Prophet, Priest and King ||
|Small Church Music #309||Ye servants of God, your Master proclaim||Lyons||LYONS||Charles Wesley||10.10.11.11|
|Small Church Music #310||Ye servants of God, your Master proclaim||Hanover||HANOVER||Charles Wesley||10.10.11.11|
|Small Church Music #548||Ye servants of God, your Master proclaim||Paderborn||PADERBORN||Charles Wesley||10.10.11.11|
|The Celebration Hymnal: songs and hymns for worship #38||Ye servants of God, your Master proclaim||Ye Servants of God||HANOVER||Charles Wesley||10.10.11.11.||1997||Exalt the Lord | ; Adoration and Praise | God Our Father|
|The Christian Life Hymnal #209||Ye servants of God, your Master proclaim||Hanover||2006|
|The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #322||You servants of God, your Master proclaim||You Servants of God, Your Master Proclaim||HANOVER||Charles Wesley, 1707-1788||10.10.11.11.||Psalm 93; Acts 4:12; Revelation 5:9-14; Revelation 7:9-12||1996||3rd Sunday after Pentecost | ; Evangelism and Mission | ; Jesus Christ | Lordship; Jesus Christ | Names; Kingdom of God | ; Praise to Christ Jesus | ; Pulpit Hymns | ; Descants ||
|The Cyber Hymnal #7810||Ye servants of God, your master proclaim||Ye Servants of God||LYONS||Charles Wesley||10.10.11.11|
|The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration #17||Ye servants of God, your Master proclaim||Ye Servants of God||HANOVER||Charles Wesley||10.10.11.11.||1986||Adoration and Praise | God the Father; God | Majesty and Power; Missions and Evangelism ||
|The New Century Hymnal #305||You servants of God, your Sovereign proclaim||You Servants of God, Your Sovereign Proclaim||HANOVER||Charles Wesley||10.10.11.11.||Revelation 5:11-14; Revelation 4:9-11||1995||Adoration and Praise | Jesus Christ; Jesus Christ | Lamb of God; Jesus Christ | Sovereignty and Reign; Reign of Christ | ; Year B | Proper 24; Year C | Proper 20|
|The New English Hymnal #476||Ye servants of God, your Master proclaim||PADERBORN||Charles Wesley, 1707-88||10 10 11 11||1986|
|The United Methodist Hymnal #181||Ye servants of God, your Master proclaim||Ye Servants of God||HANOVER||Charles Wesley||10 10.11 11||Revelation 7:9-12||1989||The Grace of Jesus Christ | In Praise of Christ; Particular Times of Worship | Special Days; Christian Year | Christ the King; Closing Hymns | ; Gratitude | ; Jesus Christ | ; Jesus Christ | Name of; Salvation | ; Testimony and Witness ||
|The United Methodist Hymnal Music Supplement II #71||[Ye servants of God, your Master proclaim]||HANOVER||1993|
|The United Methodist Hymnal Music Supplement II #72||[Ye servants of God, your Master proclaim]||HANOVER||1993|
|The United Methodist Hymnal Music Supplement II #73||[Ye servants of God, your Master proclaim]||HANOVER||1993|
|The United Methodist Hymnal Music Supplement II #74||[Ye servants of God, your Master proclaim]||HANOVER||1993|
|The Worshiping Church #103||Ye servants of God, your Master proclaim||Ye Servants of God, Your Master||HANOVER||Charles Wesley||10.10.11.11.||Deuteronomy 32:3; Psalm 100:2; Daniel 3:26; Revelation 5:13; Revelation 7:11; Revelation 19:1||1990|
|Together in Song: Australian hymn book II #215||You servants of God||LAUDATE DOMINUM||Charles Wesley, 1707-88||220.127.116.11||Colossians 1:21-29; Colossians 2:9-15; Deuteronomy 32:3-11; Philippians 2:9-11; Psalm 145; Psalm 148:11-14; Revelation 5:11-14; Revelation 7:2-10||1999||Adoration and Praise | ; Christ the King | ; Consummation in Christ | ; Jesus Christ | Redeemer; Jesus Christ | Reign; Mission/Sending | ; Name/s of Jesus | ; People of God | ; Proclamation: Witness | ; Saints Days and Holy Days | Any Saint; Salvation | ; Worship | Gathering|
|Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #165||Ye servants of God, your Master proclaim||Ye Servants of God, Your Master Proclaim||LYONS||Charles Wesley||10.10.11.11.||Revelation 5:11-12||1990||Jesus Christ | His Praise; Christ | Deity of; Christ | Exaltation of; Christ | Kingly Office of; Christ | Master; Christ | Name of; Church | Kingdom of God|
|Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #342||You servants of God, your Saviour proclaim||You Servants of God||LYONS||R. Gerald Hobbs; Charles Wesley||10 10 11 11||1996||Jesus Christ | Praise and Thanksgiving; Adoration and Praise | ; Closing Hymns | ; God | Kingdom, Majesty, Realm; Gratitude | ; Jesus Christ | Adoration and Praise; Jesus Christ | Lamb of God; Jesus Christ | Master; Jesus Christ | Name; Jesus Christ | Praise; Jesus Christ | Reign; Jesus Christ | Saviour; Reverence/Wonder Before God | ; Salvation | ; Service | ; Service Music | Sending Forth/Commissioning; Testimony | ; Epiphany 2 | Year A; Easter 4 | Year A; Trinity Sunday | Year A; Proper 6 | Year A; Proper 9 | Year A; All Saints | Year A; Epiphany 3 | Year B; Proper 20 | Year B; Proper 24 | Year B; Easter 4 | Year C; Proper 13 | Year C; Proper 20 | Year C; Proper 22 | Year C; Reign of Christ | Year C; Tuesday in Holy Week | Year ABC|
|Welsh and English Hymns and Anthems #39b||Ye servants of God, your Master proclaim||RHAD RAS||Charles Wesley (1707-1788); A. D. T.; O. M. W.||M.22. (11.12.)||1979|
|Worship and Rejoice #112||You servants of God, your Master procalim||You Servants of God||HANOVER||Charles Wesley, 1707-1788||10.10.11.11.||Revelation 19:1; Deuteronomy 32:3; Revelation 7:11; Revelation 5:13; Daniel 3:26; Psalm 100:2||2001||Adoration ||