Let Us All With Grateful Praises

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1 Let us all with grateful praises
Celebrate the happy day,
When the lovely, loving Jesus
First partook of human clay:
When the heavenly host assembled,
Gazed with wonder from the sky:
Angels joyed and devils trembled,
Neither fully knowing why.

2 Long had Satan reigned imperious,
Till the woman’s promised seed,
Born a babe by birth mysterious,
Came to bruise the serpent’s head.
Crush, dear Babe, his power within us,
Break our chains, and set us free.
Pull down all the bars between us,
’Till we fly, and cleave to Thee.

3 Shepherds on their flocks attending,
Shepherds that in nighttime watched,
Saw the messenger descending
From the court of Heav’n dispatched.
Beams of glory decked his mission,
Bursting through the veil of night.
Fear possessed them at the vision:
Sinners tremble at the light.

4 Dove-like meekness graced his visage;
Joy and love shone round his head.
Soon he cheered them with his message:
Comfort flowed from all he said.
“Fear not, favorites of th’Almighty,
Joyful news to you I bring.
You have now, in David’s city,
Born, a Savior, Christ the King.

5 "Go and find the royal Stranger
By these signs. A babe you’ll see,
Weak, and lying in a manger,
Wrapped and swaddled; that is He."
Straight a host of angels glorious
Round the heav’nly herald throng,
Utt’ring, in harmonious chorus,
Airs divine, this the song—

6 "Glory first to God be given
In the highest heights; and then
Peace on earth, proclaimed by Heaven,
Peace, and great good will to men."
Thus they sang, with rapture kindling
In the shepherds’ hearts a flame,
Joy and wonder sweetly mingling:
All believers feel the same.

7 Lo, sweet Babe, we fall before Thee.
Jesus, Thee we all adore.
To Thee, kingdom, power and glory,
We ascribe forevermore.
Glory to our God be given
In the highest heights; and then
Peace on earth brought down from Heaven,
Peace, and great good will to men.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #8326

Author: J. Hart

Hart, Joseph, was born in London in 1712. His early life is involved in obscurity. His education was fairly good; and from the testimony of his brother-in-law, and successor in the ministry in Jewin Street, the Rev. John Hughes, "his civil calling was" for some time "that of a teacher of the learned languages." His early life, according to his own Experience which he prefaced to his Hymns, was a curious mixture of loose conduct, serious conviction of sin, and endeavours after amendment of life, and not until Whitsuntide, 1757, did he realize a permanent change, which was brought about mainly through his attending divine service at the Moravian Chapel, in Fetter Lane, London, and hearing a sermon on Rev. iii. 10. During the next two years ma… Go to person page >

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First Line: Let us all with grateful praises
Title: Let Us All With Grateful Praises
Author: J. Hart
Meter: D
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



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