Hark, ten thousand voices sounding

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1 Hark! ten thousand voices sounding
Far and wide throughout the sky;
'Tis the voice of joy abounding,
Jesus lives, no more to die!

2 Jesus lives, His conflict over,
Lives to claim His great reward;
Angels round the Victor hover,
Crowding to behold their Lord.

3 Yonder throne for Him erected
Now becomes the Victor's seat;
Lo, the Man on earth rejected,
Angels worship at His feet!

4 All the powers of heaven adore Him,
All obey His sovereign word;
Day and night they cry before Him,
"Holy, Holy, Holy Lord!"


The Hymnal: revised and enlarged as adopted by the General Convention of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America in the year of our Lord 1892

Author: Thomas Kelly

Kelly, Thomas, B.A., son of Thomas Kelly, a Judge of the Irish Court of Common Pleas, was born in Dublin, July 13, 1769, and educated at Trinity College, Dublin. He was designed for the Bar, and entered the Temple, London, with that intention; but having undergone a very marked spiritual change he took Holy Orders in 1792. His earnest evangelical preaching in Dublin led Archbishop Fowler to inhibit him and his companion preacher, Rowland Hill, from preaching in the city. For some time he preached in two unconsecrated buildings in Dublin, Plunket Street, and the Bethesda, and then, having seceded from the Established Church, he erected places of worship at Athy, Portarlington, Wexford, &c, in which he conducted divine worship and preached. H… Go to person page >

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First Line: Hark, ten thousand voices sounding
Author: Thomas Kelly
Language: English
Publication Date: 1932
Copyright: Public Domain


Hark, ten thousand voices cry. T. Kelly. [Easter, or Ascensiontide.] First published in the 2nd edition of his Hymns, &c, 1806, in 1 stanza of 4 lines in 7's metre; 4 stanzas of 4 lines in 87, 87 metre, and the chorus:—

“Then haste, ye saints, your tribute bring,
And crown Him everlasting King."

(Edition 1853, No. 27.) This peculiarity of construction was overlooked by Elliott, who gave it with the omission of the chorus in his Psalms & Hymns, 1835, as a complete hymn in 7's; and the Editors of the Leeds Hymn Book, 1853, as 87, 5. In the Irish Church Hymnal, 1873, No. 199, the first stanza is rewritten:—

"Hark, ten thousand voices sounding
Far and wide throughout the sky,
'Tis the voice of joy abounding,
Jesus lives, no more to die."

and the irregularity of metre is thereby overcome. In some collections, including Kennedy, 1863, No. 964, it begins with stanza ii: "Jesus comes, His conflict over."

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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