1 And are we now brought near to God,
Who once at distance stood?
And, to effect this glorious change,
Did Jesus shed His blood?
2 O for a song of ardent praise,
To bear our souls above!
What should allay our lively hope,
Or damp our flaming love?
3 Then let us join the heavenly choirs,
To praise our heavenly King:
O may that love which spread this boar,
Inspire us while we sing:
4 "Glory to god in highest strains,
And to the earth be peace;
Good-will from heaven to men is come,
And let it never cease."
Hymnal: according to the use of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America, 1871