Sing Hallelujah; sing

Representative Text

Sing Hallelujah; sing
Glory to God alone!
Bring your oblations, bring
Thank-offerings to the throne;
Take words of joy, of comfort take,
Awake to love, to life awake.

The Lord put forth His hand,
He touch'd us and we died;
Vengeance went through the land,
But mercy walk'd beside;
He heard our prayers; He saw our tears,
And stay'd the plague, and quell'd our fears.

What shall we give to Thee?
O Thou, whose purer eyes
Behold iniquity
In man's best sacrifice?
Ourselves we give, but rest our claim
On Christ, and know none other Name.

For Jesus' sake forgive
Thy people, Lord, and spare,
To Him and Thee to live,
For Thine and His we are;
Thy quickening Spirit gave us breath,
Thy Son, by death, has conquer'd death.

Sacred Poems and Hymns

Author: James Montgomery

James Montgomery (b. Irvine, Ayrshire, Scotland, 1771; d. Sheffield, Yorkshire, England, 1854), the son of Moravian parents who died on a West Indies mission field while he was in boarding school, Montgomery inherited a strong religious bent, a passion for missions, and an independent mind. He was editor of the Sheffield Iris (1796-1827), a newspaper that sometimes espoused radical causes. Montgomery was imprisoned briefly when he printed a song that celebrated the fall of the Bastille and again when he described a riot in Sheffield that reflected unfavorably on a military commander. He also protested against slavery, the lot of boy chimney sweeps, and lotteries. Associated with Christians of various persuasions, Montgomery supported missio… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Sing Hallelujah, sing glory to God alone
Title: Sing Hallelujah; sing
Author: James Montgomery
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



NUN DANKET, named for the incipit of Rinkart's text, has been associated with this text ever since they were published together by Johann Crüger (PHH 42) in his Praxis Pietatis Melica (1647). Like most modern hymnals, the Psalter Hymnal prints the isorhythmic (all equal rhythms) version. The tune w…

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