Scripture Verse

Sing aloud unto God our strength: make a joyful noise unto the God of Jacob. Psalm 81:1

Introduction

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Garrett C. Wellesley
(1735–1781)
Earl of Mornington

Words: Hen­ry F. Lyte, The Spir­it of the Psalms 1834.

Music: Morn­ing­ton ar­ranged from Gar­rett C. Well­es­ley, cir­ca 1760, in Da­vid’s Harp, by Ed­ward Mill­er, 1805 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Henry F. Lyte
(1793–1847)

This was the fa­vo­rite text of Sir Fow­ell Bux­ton. He once wrote to his daugh­ter that she would find his Bi­ble op­en­ing of its­elf to the place where this pass­age oc­curs. This text it was which gave him cour­age to move in the Bri­tish Par­lia­ment for the eman­ci­pa­tion of slaves through the British Em­pire.

When he en­tered on that con­flict he stood al­most alone; when this bill was first read in Par­lia­ment it was re­ceived with shouts of de­ri­sive laugh­ter. But he be­thought him of this text, and he be­gan his speech, say­ing: Mr. Spea­ker, the read­ing of this bill is the be­gin­ning of a move­ment which will sure­ly end in the abo­li­tion of sla­ve­ry through­out the British do­min­ions.

The old Heb­rew pro­phet ne­ver said a tru­er word. Sir Fow­ell knew it, for the bat­tle was not his, but God’s.

Robinson, p. 59

Lyrics

Sing to the Lord, our might,
With holy fervor sing!
Let hearts and instruments unite
To praise our heavenly king.

This is His holy house,
And this His festal day,
When He accepts the humblest vows
That we sincerely pay.

The Sabbath to our sires
In mercy first was given;
The Church her Sabbaths still requires
To speed her on to Heaven.

We still like them of old,
Are in the wilderness;
And God is still as near His fold
To pity and to bless.

Then let us open wide
Our hearts for Him to fill;
And He that Israel then supplied
Will help His Israel still.