Come, let our voices join to raise

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1 Come, let our voices join to raise
A sacred song of solemn praise;
God is a sovereign King; rehearse
His honor in exalted verse.

2 Come, let our souls address the Lord,
Who framed our nature by His word.
He is our Shepherd we the sheep
His mercy chose, His pastures keep.

3 Come, let us turn with holy fear
To Him who now invites us near;
Accept the offered grace today,
Nor lose the blessing by delay.

4 Come, seize the promise while it waits,
And march to Zion’s heavenly gates;
Believe, and take the promised rest;
Obey and be forever blest.


Source: African Methodist Episcopal Church Hymnal #18

Author: Isaac Watts

Isaac Watts was the son of a schoolmaster, and was born in Southampton, July 17, 1674. He is said to have shown remarkable precocity in childhood, beginning the study of Latin, in his fourth year, and writing respectable verses at the age of seven. At the age of sixteen, he went to London to study in the Academy of the Rev. Thomas Rowe, an Independent minister. In 1698, he became assistant minister of the Independent Church, Berry St., London. In 1702, he became pastor. In 1712, he accepted an invitation to visit Sir Thomas Abney, at his residence of Abney Park, and at Sir Thomas' pressing request, made it his home for the remainder of his life. It was a residence most favourable for his health, and for the prosecution of his literary… Go to person page >

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First Line: Come, let our voices join to raise
Author: Isaac Watts
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


Come, let our voices join to raise. I. Watts. [Psalms xcv.] His L.M. version of the 95th Psalms, given in his Psalms of David, &c, 1719, in 7 stanzas of 4 lines, and headed, "Canaan lost thro’ Unbelief; or, a "Warning to delaying Sinners." Its use in Great Britain is limited. In America it is found in a large number of hymnals. Sometimes, as in the Church Pastorals, Boston, 1864, it begins with stanza ii., "Come, let our souls address the Lord."

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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