1 SING, ye faithful, sing with gladness,
Wake your noblest, sweetest strain,
With the praises of your Saviour
Let his house resound again;
Him let all your music honour,
And your songs exalt his reign.
2 Sing how he came forth from heaven,
Bowed himself to Bethlehem's cave,
Stooped to wear the servant's vesture,
Bore the pain, the cross, the grave,
Passed within the gates of darkness,
Thence his banished ones to save.
3 So, he tasted death for all men,
He, of all mankind the head,
Sinless one, among the sinful,
Prince of life, among the dead;
Thus he wrought the full redemption,
And the captor captive led.
4 Now on high, yet ever with us,
From his Father's throne the Son
Rules and guides the world he ransomed,
Till the appointed work be done,
Till he see, renewed and perfect,
All things gathered into one.
5 Alleluya to the Father,
Alleluya to the Son,
Alleluya to the Spirit,
Ever three and ever one,
One in love and one in glory,
While unending ages run. Amen.
John Ellerton (b. London, England, 1826; d. Torquay, Devonshire, England, 1893) Educated at King William's College on the Isle of Man and at Trinity College, Cambridge, England, he was ordained in the Church of England in 1851. He served six parishes, spending the longest time in Crewe Green (1860-1872), a church of steelworkers and farmers. Ellerton wrote and translated about eighty hymns, many of which are still sung today. He helped to compile Church Hymns and wrote its handbook, Notes and Illustrations to Church Hymns (1882). Some of his other hymn texts were published in The London Mission Hymn Book (1884).
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Sing, ye faithful, sing with gladness. J. Ellerton. [ Christmas.] First published in the Rev. E. Brown-Borthwick's Sixteen Hymns for Church and Home, 1870, in 8 stanzas of 6 lines ], with the refrain, "Evermore and evermore." It is repeated, unaltered, in the Brown-Borthwick Select Hymns for Church and Home, 1871. This form of the hymn is the authorized text. In the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge Church Hymns, 1871, it was given, with slight alterations, and the omission of st. ii.-iv., and the refrain. This hymn is partly an imitation of Prudentius's "Da puer plectrum".