Scripture Verse

All the angels…fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God. Revelation 7:11

Introduction

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William H. Havergal
1793–1870

Words: Hen­ry Ware, Jr., 1823.

Music: St. John (Par­ish) Pa­rish Choir, 1851. At­trib­ut­ed to Will­iam H. Ha­ver­gal (1793–1870) (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Henry Ware, Jr.
1794–1843

Lyrics

Around the throne of God
The host an­gel­ic throngs;
They spread their palms abroad,
And shout per­pe­tu­al songs:
Him first they own, Him last and best;
God ev­er blest, and God alone.

Their gold­en crowns they fling
Before His throne of light,
And strike the rap­tur­ous string,
Unceasing, day and night:
“Earth, Heav’n, and sea, Thy praise de­clare;
For Thine they are, and Thine shall be.

“O ho­ly, ho­ly, Lord,
Creation’s so­ver­eign king!
Thy ma­jes­ty adored
Let all cre­ation sing;
Who wast, and art, and art to be;
Nor time shall see Thy sway de­part.

“Great are Thy works of praise,
O God of bound­less might;
All just and true Thy ways,
Thou King of saints, in light:
Let all above, and all be­low,
Conspire to show Thy pow­er and love.

Who shall not fear Thee, Lord,
And mag­ni­fy Thy name?
Thy judg­ments, sent abroad,
Thy ho­li­ness pro­claim:
Nations shall throng from ev­ery shore,
And all adore in one loud song.

While thus the pow­ers on high
Their swell­ing chor­us raise,
Let earth and man re­ply,
And ec­ho back the praise:
His glo­ry own, first, last and best;
God ev­er blest, and God alone.