We cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.@Acts 4:20
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Thomas Kelly (1769–1855)

Tho­mas Kel­ly, Hymns Not Be­fore Pub­lished (Dub­lin: Tho­mas John­ston, 1815), num­ber 40.

St. Ke­vin Ar­thur S. Sul­li­van, 1872 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Arthur S. Sullivan (1842–1900)

We have heard the joyful news,
Now let others hear it;
Bear the tidings to the Jews,
To the nations bear it.
They who know the joyful sound,
Never should conceal it;
But to all the world around,
Far and wide reveal it.

Joyful news the Gospel is,
And to thought confounding;
Wonder, O ye heav’ns, at this:
Sing of grace abounding;
Grace like this was never known,
God our nature wearing;
Making human guilt His own,
And our sorrows bearing.

Spread abroad the joyful sound,
Fly in all directions;
Speak to men the world around,
Men of all complexions;
All are sinners, needing grace,
God’s own Word has said it;
Go with speed to every place,
And unwearied spread it.

And may He whose grace it is,
Give the Word a blessing;
Make the conquered nations His,
Every ill redressing.
May He take the veil away,
All the earth o’erspreading;
And His mighty power display,
All our hopes exceeding.