Songs of Praise

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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

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 >


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)


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The tune MONKLAND has a fascinating if complex history. Rooted in a tune for the text "Fahre fort" in Johann A. Freylinghausen's (PHH 34) famous hymnal, Geistreiches Gesangbuch (1704), it then was significantly altered by John Antes (b. Frederick, PA, 1740; d. Bristol, England, 1811) in a Moravian m…

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Baptist Hymnal 1991 #235
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The Cyber Hymnal #6216
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Instances (1 - 22 of 22)

A New Hymnal for Colleges and Schools #572


Ancient and Modern #782

Anglican Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #668


Baptist Hymnal 1991 #235


Celebrating Grace Hymnal #317

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Christian Worship (1993) #222

Church Hymnal, Fifth Edition #369


Common Praise (1998) #370

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Common Praise #574

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Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #608

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CPWI Hymnal #792

Hymnal #60

Hymns Ancient and Modern, New Standard Edition #196

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Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #350


Lutheran Worship #447

The Baptist Hymnal #172


The Cyber Hymnal #6216


The Hymnal 1982 #426

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The Irish Presbyterian Hymbook #237

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The New English Hymnal #451

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Voices United #254

Zion's Praises #7

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