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Hymn for Baptism

Let heav'n and earth rejoice, And sacred anthems raise

Author: Anonymous
Tune: NATIVITY (Lahee)
Published in 11 hymnals

Representative Text

1 Let heav'n and earth rejoice,
And sacred anthems raise,
To Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,
For free and sov'reign grace.

2 Behold the spotless Lamb,
Descending from above,
To bring the earthly stranger home,
Upon the wings of love.

3 O may our souls rejoice,
His precepts to obey;
Who to fulfil all righteousness,
Mark'd out the humble way.

4 Thus Jesus did descend
Into the liquid stream;
Which teaches sinners not to scorn
What him so well became.

5 O may we then march on,
Nor fear what men shall say;
Deny ourselves and take our cross,
Since Jesus leads the way.

6 We dare no longer stand,
As neuters to the cause;
But by the help of grace, we'll yield
Obedience to thy laws.

7 Into the wat'ry tomb,
We cheerfully descend;
In token of our faith and love,
To our celestial friend.

8 Lord meet us here this day,
Who come to do thy will;
Grant us thy presence, dearest Lord,
Thy promis'd grace fulfil.

9 Descend, O heav'nly dove,
And wing our souls away,
Up to that bright and happy shore
Of everlasting day.

10 This day I'll make my choice
To serve the Lord most high;
Deny myself, take up the cross,
And do it cheerfully.

Source: Divine Hymns or Spiritual Songs, for the use of religious assemblies and private Christians: being a collection #XXIX

Author: Anonymous

In some hymnals, the editors noted that a hymn's author is unknown to them, and so this artificial "person" entry is used to reflect that fact. Obviously, the hymns attributed to "Author Unknown" "Unknown" or "Anonymous" could have been written by many people over a span of many centuries. Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Let heav'n and earth rejoice, And sacred anthems raise
Title: Hymn for Baptism
Author: Anonymous
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



Henry Lahee (b. Chelsea, London, England, 1826; d. Croydon, London, 1912) composed NATIVITY, which was first published in 1855 and set to a nativity hymn (thus the tune's title), "High let us swell our tuneful notes," by Philip Doddridge (PsH 335). Because NATIVITY was published with Isaac Watts' (P…

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