Scripture Verse

Praise ye Him, all His angels: praise ye Him, all His hosts. Psalm 148:2


Words: Au­thor un­known.

Music: Pur­leigh Ar­thur H. Brown, in Hymns An­cient and Mo­dern, 1861 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know the au­thor, or where to get a good pic­ture of him (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), or a bet­ter one of Brown,

Arthur H. Brown (1830–1926)


O Thou to whom archangels raise
A ceaseless song of perfect praise,
Yet tremble as they sing;
To us incline Thy gracious ear,
And while, with reverence, we draw near,
Accept the praise we bring.

In vain with all the angel choir,
The ransomed hosts of Heav’n aspire
Thy glo­ry to pro­claim;
How then shall we approach Thy throne?
How make Thy countless mercies known,
Or sing Thine awful name?

Thy love alone our stay hath been,
In every dark and changing scene
Throughout the circling year;
Preserved by Thine al­migh­ty hand,
Again before Thy face we stand,
And sing Thy goodness here.

Father, for Je­sus’ sake receive
The praise which now we gladly give,
Though with a stammering tongue;
Grant us at length to see Thy face,
And join with all the ransomed race
In Heav’n’s eter­nal song.