My heart and voice I raise

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1 My heart and voice I raise
to spread Messiah's praise,
Messiah's praise let all repeat:
the universal Lord,
by whose almighty word
creation rose in form complete.

2 A servant's form he wore,
and in his body bore
our dreadful curse on Calvary:
he like a victim stood
and poured his sacred blood
to set the guilty captives free.

3 But soon the Victor rose
triumphant o'er his foes,
and led the vanquished host in chains:
he threw their empire down,
his foes compelled to own,
o'er all the great Messiah reigns.

4 With mercy's mildest grace
he governs all our race
in wisdom, righteousness and love:
who to Messiah fly
shall find redemption nigh,
and all his great salvation prove.

5 Hail, Saviour, Prince of Peace!
Your kingdom shall increase
till all the world your glory see,
and righteousness abound
as the great deep profound,
and fill the earth with purity.

Source: Together in Song: Australian hymn book II #225

Author: Benjamin Rhodes

Rhodes, Benjamin, born at Mexborough, Yorkshire, in 1743, was brought under the influence of religion by the preaching of George Whitefield in 1766. He was the son of a schoolmaster, and received the elements of a good education in his youth. He was for many years a Wesleyan Minister, having been sent forth to preach by John Wesley. He died at Margate Oct. 13, 1815. To Joseph Benson's Hymns for Children and Young Persons, 1806, and his Hymns for Children selected chiefly from the publications of the Rev. John and Charles Wesley, and Dr. Watts, &c, 1814 (an additional volume to the first, and sometimes bound up with it), he contributed several hymns. Very few of these are now in common use. They include "Children, your parents' will obey" (D… Go to person page >



ST. ELIZABETH appears to be an eighteenth-century tune from the Glaz area of Silesia. It has always been associated with this text. No factual data exists for the legend that this text and tune date back to the twelfth-century crusades, although those apocryphal stories explain one of the names by w…

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Hymns and Psalms #268


The Cyber Hymnal #4422

The Sacred Harp #394


Together in Song #225

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TTT-Himnaro Cigneta #533

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