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Angel bands in strains sweet sounding

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1 Angel bands, in strains sweet sounding,
Anthems to the Saviour raise:
Host of heaven, His throne surrounding,
Hymn the great Creator's praise.

2 Radiant orb of day, adore him,
Praise Him, thou who rul'st the night;
Heaven of heavens, O bow before Him,
Laud Him, all ye worlds of light.

3 Praise Him, wild and restless ocean
Praise Him, monsters of the deep;
Praise Him in your rude commotion,
Storms that at His mandate sweep.

4 Hills and mountains, heavenward towering,
Fires that in their bosom glow;
Clouds around their cliffs dark lowering,
Torrents down their steeps that flow;

5 Verdant fields and valleys blooming,
Insect myriads own His care;
Wild beasts through the forest roaming,
Warbling tenants of the air.

6 Kings and rulers, shout His glory,
People, join the laud acclaim,
maidens, youth, and fathers hoary,
Infants, lisp His holy Name.

7 Every kindred, tongue, and nation,
Him Who gave you life adore;
Earth and heaven, and all creation,
Praise His Name for evermore.

Hymnal: according to the use of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America, 1871

Author: John DeWolf

De Wolf, John. Born at Bristol, Rhode Island, 1786, and educated at Brown University. Subsequently he was Professor of Chemistry in that University, from 1817 to about 1838. He also lectured in medical schools at St. Louis, and in Vermont. His later life was spent at Bristol, R. I., where he died in 1862. His version of Psalms 148, "Angel bands in strains sweet sounding," appeared in a Providence newspaper about 1815, and again in the Journal of that city in an obituary notice of the writer. It was but locally known till included in the Protestant Episc. Hymnal, 1871, by the author's relative, Bishop Howe, of Central Pennsylvania. [Rev. F. M. Bird, M.A.] -- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)  Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Angel bands in strains sweet sounding
Author: John DeWolf
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


DUDLEY (Shinn)


STUTTGART was included in Psalmodia Sacra (1715), one of the most significant hymnals of the early sixteenth century [sic: eighteenth century]. Christian F. Witt (b. Altenburg, Germany, e. 1660; d. Altenburg, 1716) was an editor and compiler of that collection; about 100 (of the 774) tunes in that c…

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