Angel voices, ever singing

Angel voices, ever singing

Author: Francis Pott (1861)
Tune: ANGEL VOICES (Sullivan)
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1 Angel voices, ever singing
Round Thy throne of light,
Angel harps, for ever 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
Didst design.

4 Here, great God, to-day we offer
Of Thine own to Thee;
And for Thine acceptance proffer,
All unworthily,
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,
Blessèd Trinity:
Of the best that Thou hast given
Earth and heaven
Render thee.

Amen.

The Hymnal: Published by the authority of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A., 1895

Author: Francis Pott

Francis Pott studied at Brasenose College, Oxford, where he graduated B.A. in 1854, and M.A. in 1857. He was ordained Deacon in 1856, and Priest in 1857. He was Curate of Bishopsworth, Bristol, 1856; of Ardingley, Sussex, 1858; was appointed to Ticehurst in 1861; and is now incumbent of Northill, Bedfordshire. Mr. Pott has made many acceptable translations, and has edited "Hymns Fitted to the Order of Common Prayer, etc.;" a compilation of real merit. --Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, M.A., 1872… Go to person page >

Notes

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)
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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)

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