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Mighty God, While Angels Bless Thee

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1 Mighty God, while angels bless thee,
May an infant lisp thy name?
Lord of men as well as angels,
Thou art every creature’s theme.
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Amen.

2 Lord of every land and nation,
Ancient of eternal days!
Sounded through the wide creation
Be thy just and lawful praise:
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Amen.

3 For the grandeur of thy nature.
Grand beyond a seraph’s thought;
For created works of power,
Works with skill and kindness wrought;
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Amen.

4 Brightness of thy Father’s glory,
Shall Thy praise unutter'd lie?
Fly, my tongue, such guilty silence!
Sing the Lord who came to die.
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Amen.

5 Did archangels sing thy coming?
Did the shepherds learn their lays?
Shame would cover me ungrateful,
Should my tongue refuse to praise.
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Amen.

A New Selection of Hymns, 1812

Author: Robert Robinson

Robert Robinson was born at Swaffham, Norfolk, in 1735. In 1749, he was apprenticed to a hairdresser, in Crutched Friars, London. Hearing a discourse preached by Whitefield on "The Wrath to Come," in 1752, he was deeply impressed, and after a period of much disquietude, he gave himself to a religious life. His own peculiar account of this change of life is as follows:--"Robertus Michaelis Marineque Robinson filius. Natus Swaffhami, comitatu Norfolciae, Saturni die Sept. 27, 1735. Renatus Sabbati die, Maii 24, 1752, per predicationem potentem Georgii Whitefield. Et gustatis doloribus renovationis duos annos mensesque septem, absolutionem plenam gratuitamque, per sanguinem pretiosum i secula seculorum. Amen." He soon after began to pr… Go to person page >


Mighty God, while angels bless Thee . R. Robinson. [Glory of God. Christmas.] Miller, in his Singers and Songs of the Church, 1869, p. 267, says that Robinson in his manuscript Catalogue thus refers to this hymn as "A Christmas Hymn, set to music by Dr. Randall, and, with the notes, engraven on a copperplate half-sheet." The date added by Miller is 1774. The hymn is in J. Middleton's Hymns, 1793, No. 137, in 9 stanzas of 4 lines, with the refrain "Hallelujah, H. H. Amen," and the signature "Robinson." This text differs slightly from that given by Burrage in his Baptist Hymn Writers, &c, 1888, pp. 73, 74, which he regards as the original. (See also the Universalist Hymn Book, Boston, U. S. A., 1792.) Dr. Belcher (p. 133, i.) says the hymn was written by Robinson for Benjamin Williams, sometime deacon of the Baptist Church, Reading, England, when the latter was a boy, and asserts that he had the information from Williams himself. The hymn is widely used, as is also the cento therefrom from "Lord of every land and nation." (See Sturgeon's Our Own Hymn Book, 1866, for full text.)

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



The authorship of this tune is not clear, with different editors attributing the tune to different composers (or not naming one at all). See the instances list below for the different attributions. Some editors also describe AUTUMN as "adapted from Psalm xlii in the Genevan Psalter, 1551", referring…

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Instances (1 - 7 of 7)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Ambassador Hymnal: for Lutheran worship #224
Rejoice in the Lord #348TextPage Scan
Small Church Music #1441Audio
Small Church Music #2022Audio
Small Church Music #2023Audio
The Cyber Hymnal #4261TextScoreAudio
Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #8TextPage Scan
Include 258 pre-1979 instances