Scripture Verse

Let all the angels worship Him. Deuteronomy 32:43

Introduction

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Song of the Angels
William Bouguereau, 1881

Words: Fran­cis Pott, 1861. This hymn was writ­ten to cel­e­brate a new or­gan at the Church of St. John the Ev­an­gel­ist at Win­gate, Lan­ca­shire, Eng­land.

Music: An­gel Voic­es (Sul­li­van) Ar­thur S. Sul­li­van, 1872 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Pott (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

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Arthur S. Sullivan
(1842–1900)

Lyrics

Angel voices, ever singing, round Thy throne of light,
Angel harps, forever ringing, rest not day or night;
Thousands only live to bless Thee, and confess Thee Lord of might.

Thou who art beyond the farthest mortal eye can scan,
Can it be that Thou regardest songs of sinful man?
Can we feel that Thou art near us and wilt hear us? Yea, we can.

Yea, we know Thy love rejoices o’er each work of Thine;
Thou didst ears and hands and voices for Thy praise combine;
Craftsman’s art and music’s measure for Thy pleasure didst design.

Here, great God, today we offer of Thine own to Thee;
And for Thine acceptance proffer, all unworthily,
Hearts and minds, and hands and voices, in our choicest melody.

Honor, glory, might and merit, Thine shall ever be,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, blessed Trinity;
Of the best that Thou hast given earth and Heaven render Thee.