Scripture Verse

Each one had a harp…and they sang a new song. Revelation 5:8–9

Introduction

Words: Fran­ces R. Ha­ver­gal, 1871.

Music: Her­mas Fran­ces R. Ha­ver­gal, Psalm­o­dy (Lon­don: 1871) (🔊 pdf nwc) (does not use re­frain be­low).

Alternate Tunes:

  • Lyræ, French tune, in The Sun­day School Cho­ris­ter (Mil­wau­kee, Wis­con­sin: Young Church­man, 1891), num­ber 37 (🔊 pdf nwc) (us­es re­frain)
  • St. The­re­sa, Ar­thur S. Sul­li­van, 1874 (🔊 pdf nwc) (us­es re­frain)
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Frances R. Havergal
1836–1879

Origin of the Hymn

The Ha­ver­gal man­u­scripts con­tain the fol­low­ing ac­count of the wri­ting of this hymn: When vis­it­ing at Par­ry Barr, Miss Ha­ver­gal walked to the boys’ school­room, and be­ing ve­ry tired she leaned against the play­ground wall, while Mr. Snepp went in. Re­turn­ing in ten min­utes, he found her scrib­bling on an old en­vel­ope. At his re­quest she gave him the hymn just pen­ciled, Gold­en Harps Are Sound­ing. Her pop­u­lar tune, Her­mas, was com­posed for the hymn.

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Lyrics

Golden harps are sounding, angels voices sing,
Pearly gates are opened, opened for the King;
Jesus, King of glory, Jesus, King of love,
Is gone up in triumph, to His throne above.

He who came to save us, He who bled and died,
Now is crowned with glory at His Father’s side.
From the grave arisen, nevermore to die;
Jesus, King of glory, is gone up on high.

Pleading for His children in that blessèd place,
Calling them to glory, sending them His grace;
His bright home preparing, faithful ones, for you;
Jesus ever liveth, ever loveth, too.

Refrain

All His suffering ended, joyfully we sing,
Jesus hath ascended! Glory to our king!