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Methinks I see an heavenly host

Methinks I see an heavenly host

Author: William Billings (1778)
Published in 5 hymnals

Full Text

1. Methinks I see a heavenly light,
An angel on the wing;
Methinks I hear an angel voice
A heavenly message bring,
A heavenly message bring.
Let all your fears be banished hence,
Glad tidings I proclaim;
For there's a saviour born today,
And Jesus is His name,
And Jesus is His name.

2. Lay down your crooks, and quit your flocks
To Bethlehem repair;
And let your wandering steps be squared
By yonder shining star,
By yonder shining star.
The royal guest you there shall find
Is not of common birth,
But second in the great I AM:
The God of heaven and earth,
The God of heaven and earth.

3. Then suddenly a heavenly host
Around the shepherds throng,
Exulting in the three-fold God
And thus address their song,
And thus address their song:
To God the Father, Christ the Son,
And Holy Ghost adored;
The first and last, the last and first,
Eternal praise afford,
Eternal praise afford.

Source: Hymns for Youth #69

Author: William Billings

Billings was one of the first major American composers. He was born on October 7, 1746 in Boston and died on September 26, 1800 in Boston. Sources: Hughes, pp. 314-15 Jones, pp. 13-14 Pratt, p. 132 Randel, pp. 78-79 NN, Hymnary. Source: Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Methinks I see an heavenly host
Author: William Billings (1778)
Meter: D
Source: Billings' The Singing Master's Assistant, 1778
Language: English