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Hosanna, Be the Children's Song

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1 Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna!
Hosanna be the children’s song,
To Christ, the children’s King,
His praise to whom our souls belong,
Let all the children sing.

Hosanna then our song shall be,
Hosanna to our King.
This is the children’s jubilee,
Let all the children sing.
This is the children’s jubilee,
Jubilee, Jubilee;
This is the children’s jubilee,
Let all the children sing.

2 Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna!
Hosanna here in joyful hands;
The children all proclaim,
And hail with voices, hearts and hands,
Our loving Savior’s name. [Refrain]

3 Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna!
Hosannas on the wings of light,
O’er earth and ocean fly,
Till morn to eve, and noon to night,
And heav’n to earth reply. [Refrain]

4 Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna!
Hosannas, sound from church and hall,
Let ev’ry voice accord;
Be this our watchword, one and all;
Hosanna, praise the Lord. [Refrain]

Source: Songs of Summerland #212

Author: James Montgomery

James Montgomery (b. Irvine, Ayrshire, Scotland, 1771; d. Sheffield, Yorkshire, England, 1854), the son of Moravian parents who died on a West Indies mission field while he was in boarding school, Montgomery inherited a strong religious bent, a passion for missions, and an independent mind. He was editor of the Sheffield Iris (1796-1827), a newspaper that sometimes espoused radical causes. Montgomery was imprisoned briefly when he printed a song that celebrated the fall of the Bastille and again when he described a riot in Sheffield that reflected unfavorably on a military commander. He also protested against slavery, the lot of boy chimney sweeps, and lotteries. Associated with Christians of various persuasions, Montgomery supported missio… Go to person page >

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First Line: Hosanna be the children's song
Title: Hosanna, Be the Children's Song
Author: James Montgomery
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Hosanna then our song shall be
Copyright: Public Domain


Hosanna be the children's song. J. Montgomery. [Sunday School Jubilee.] Written for the London Sunday School Jubilee. It is No. 325 of Montgomery's Original Hymns, 1853, in 7 stanzas of 4 lines. In the American Sabbath Hymn Book, 1858, it begins "Hosanna be our cheerful song," stanzas i., iii.-v.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)


EMMANUEL (Beethoven)


Published in a chapel hymnal for the Duke of Würtemberg (Gesangbuch der Herzogl, 1784), ELLACOMBE (the name of a village in Devonshire, England) was first set to the words "Ave Maria, klarer und lichter Morgenstern." During the first half of the nineteenth century various German hymnals altered the…

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