It is good to sing praises unto our God. Psalm 147:1
Words: George Rawson, Hymns, Verses and Chants (London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1876).
Music: Hallel Myles B. Foster, 1891. Arranged by F. F. B. (🔊 pdf nwc).
If you know where to get a good photo of Rawson or Foster (head-and-shoulders, at least 200×300 pixels),
With gladness we worship, rejoice as we sing,
Free hearts and free voices, how blessèd to bring!
The old thankful story shall seek Thine abode,
Thou King of all glory, most bountiful God!
Renewed by Thy Spirit, redeemed by Thy Son,
Thy children would bless Thee for all Thou hast done:
O Father, returning to love and to light,
Our spirits are yearning to praise Thee aright.
Thy right would we give Thee, true homage Thy due,
And honor eternal, the universe through:
With all Thy creation, earth, heaven and sea,
In one acclamation we glorify Thee.
We join with the angels, and so there is giv’n,
From earth, Alleluia, in answer to Heav’n.
Amen! Be Thou glorious below and above,
Redeeming, victorious, and infinite Love!