1 Songs of praise the angels sang,
heaven with alleluias rang,
when creation was begun,
when God spake and it was done.
2 Songs of praise awoke the morn
when the Prince of peace was born;
songs of praise arose when he
captive led captivity.
3 Heaven and earth must pass away;
songs of praise shall crown that day:
God will make new heavens and earth;
songs of praise shall hail their birth.
4 And shall we alone be dumb
till that glorious kingdom come?
No, the church delights to raise
psalms and hymns and songs of praise.
5 Saints below, with heart and voice,
still in songs of praise rejoice;
learning here, by faith and love,
songs of praise to sing above.
6 Hymns of glory, songs of praise,
Father, unto thee we raise,
Jesu, glory unto thee,
with the Spirit, ever be.
Source: Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #782
|First Line:||Songs of praise the angels sang|
|Author:||James Montgomery (1819)|
Songs of praise the angels sang [sing]. J. Montgomery. [Universal Praise.] Published in Cotterill’s Selection, 1819, No. 168, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines, and headed "God worthy of all Praise." It was repeated in Montgomery's Christian Psalmist, 1825, No. 562; and in his Original Hymns. 1853, No. 90. The heading in 1825 and 1853 was changed to "Glory to God in the highest." The opening line is sometimes changed to “Songs of praise the angels sing." The use of this hymn is extensive.
-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)