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222. Sweeter sounds than music knows

1 Sweeter sounds than music knows,
Charm me in Emmanuel's Name;
All her hopes my spirit owes
To His birth, and Cross, and shame.

2 When He came the angels sung,
"Glory be to God on high:"
Lord, unloose my stammering tongue;
Who shall louder sing than I?

3 Did the Lord a man become,
That He might the law fulfil,
Bleed and suffer in my room,
And canst thou, my tongue, be still?

4 No; I must my praises bring,
Though they worthless are, and weak;
For, should I refuse to sing,
Sure the very stones would speak.

5 O my Saviour, Shield, and Sun,
Shepherd, Brother, Lord, and Friend--
Every precious name in one!
I will love Thee without end.

Text Information
First Line: Sweeter sounds than music knows
Author: John Newton (1779, a.)
Meter: 7s.
Publication Date: 1868
Topic: Praise to Christ; Advent, Third Sunday; Circumcision (4 more...)
Notes: Alternate tune: #236 or #530
Tune Information
Name: OLD 136TH PSALM
Meter: 7s.
Key: G Major
Notes: Source from index: Goudimel's Psalter, 1562



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