Scripture Verse

Joy comes in the morning.@Psalm 30:5

Introduction

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Frederick W. Faber
(1814–1863)

Words: Fred­er­ick W. Fa­ber, Or­a­to­ry Hymns 1854.

Music: Pil­grims Hen­ry T. Smart, 1868 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Henry T. Smart
(1813–1879)

Lyrics

Hark! hark, my soul!
Angelic songs are swelling,
O’er earth’s green fields
And ocean’s wave-beat shore:
How sweet the truth
Those blessèd strains are telling
Of that new life
When sin shall be no more.

Refrain

Angels of Jesus, angels of light,
Singing to welcome
The pilgrims of the night! *

Darker than night
Life’s shadows fall around us,
And like benighted
Men we miss our mark:
God hides Himself,
And grace hath scarcely found us,
E’er death finds out
His victims in the dark.

Refrain

Far, far away,
Like bells at evening pealing,
The voice of Jesus
Sounds o’er land and sea;
And laden souls,
By thousands meekly stealing,
Kind Shepherd, turn
Their weary steps to Thee.

Refrain

Onward we go,
For still we hear them singing,
Come, weary souls,
For Jesus bids you come
;
And through the dark,
Its echoes sweetly ringing,
The music of
The Gospel leads us home.

Refrain

Rest comes at length:
Though life be long and dreary,
The day must dawn,
And darksome night be past;
Faith’s journeys end
In welcome to the weary,
And Heaven, the heart’s
True home, will come at last.

Refrain

Cheer up, my soul!
Faith’s moonbeams softly glisten
Upon the breast
Of life’s most troubled sea,
And it will cheer
Thy drooping heart to listen
To those brave songs
Which angels mean for thee.

Refrain

Angels, sing on,
Your faithful watches keeping;
Sing us sweet fragments
Of the songs above,
Till morning’s joy
Shall end the night of weeping,
And life’s long shadows
Break in cloudless love.

Refrain

* A different refrain is used when sung with the tune Kilauea:

Angels, sing on! your faithful watches keeping;
Sing us sweet fragments of the songs above,
Till morning’s joy shall end the night of weeping,
And life’s long shadows break in cloudless love.