Scripture Verse

There is joy in the presence of the angels of God. Luke 15:10


Fanny Crosby (1820–1915)

Words: Fan­ny Cros­by, in The Sil­ver Spray, by How­ard Doane (Cin­cin­na­ti, Ohio: John Church, 1868).

Music: W. How­ard Doane (🔊 pdf nwc).

W. Howard Doane (1832–1915)


Why do the ho­ly an­gels sing?
Why do the heav’n­ly arch­es ring
With an­thems sweet from se­raphs bright,
With glit­ter­ing crowns and robes of white?


They sing of the Lamb that was slain,
The Sav­ior that lives again,
The root and the off­spring of Da­vid,
The bright and morn­ing star!

Glory to Thee, our God, they cry,
Maker of earth, and sea, and sky,
To Thee our high­est strains be­long,
Thou great In­spir­er of our song.


Beautiful world where all is bright,
Rivers of gold and fields of light,
In mur­mured tones of joy pro­long
The echo of the an­gels’ song.


Well may the holy an­gels sing,
Well may the heav’n­ly arch­es ring,
With ant­hems sweet from choirs above,
They sing of God, and God is love.