1 Angel voices ever singing
round Thy throne of light,
angel harps, forever ringing,
rest not day nor night;
thousands only live to bless Thee
and confess thee Lord of might.
2 Thou who art beyond the farthest
mortal eye can scan,
can it be that Thou regardest
songs of sinful man?
Can we feel that Thou art near us
and wilt hear us? Yea, we can.
3 Yea, we know Thy love rejoices
o'er each work of Thine;
Thou didst ears and hands and voices
for Thy praise combine;
craftsman's art and music's measure
for Thy pleasure all combine.
4 Here, great God, today we offer
of Thine own to Thee;
and for Thine acceptance proffer,
hearts and minds and hands and voices
in our choicest melody.
5 Honor, glory, might, and merit
Thine shall ever be,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
of the best that Thou hast given
earth and heaven render Thee.
Source: Hymns to the Living God #16
|First Line:||Angel voices, ever singing|
|Author:||Francis Pott (1861)|
Angel voices ever singing. F. Pott. [Choir Festival.] Appeared in his Hymns fitted to the Order of Common Prayer, 2nd edition, 1866, in 5 stanzas of 7 lines, and from thence has passed into Harland, Snepp, Thring, Church Hymns, and others. It is one of the author's most successful and popular efforts. Its original title is "For the Dedication of an Organ, or for a Meeting of Choirs." Its use has extended to America, and other English-speaking countries.
-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
Angel-voices ever singing, p. 68, ii. This hymn was written for the opening of an organ in Wingates Church, Lancashire, 1861.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)