A song of praise and power

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1 Spread wide the Maker's name around,
Your breath in praise employ
Till heav'n shall echo back the sound
In songs of holy joy.
Ye nations, bend! In rev'rence bend,
Ye monarchs! Wait his nod
And bid the choral song ascend
To celebrate our God!

Spread wide his name!
His praise repeat!
And bid the choral song ascend
To celebrate our God

2 His voice sublime is heard afar,
In distant peals it dies;
He yokes the whirlwind to his car
And sweeps the howling skies.
Rebel, ye waves, and o'er the land
With threat'ning aspect roar;
The Lord uplifts his mighty hand
And chains you to the shore. [Chorus]

3 Howl, winds of night! Your force combine:
Without his high behest
Ye shall not in the mountain pine
Disturb the sparrow's nest.
The Lord our God is clothed in might,
The winds obey his will;
He speaks and, in his heav'nly height,
The rolling sun stands still. [Chorus]

Source: The Voice of Praise: a compilation of the very best sacred songs for us in Sunday Schools and praise services #58

Author: Ambrose N. Blatchford

Blatchford, Ambrose Nichols, B.A., born at Plymouth, 1842, and educated for the Unitarian Ministry at Manchester New College, London. He also graduated at the London University as B.A. In 1866, he became junior colleague to the late Rev. William James, Minister of Lewin's Mead Meeting, Bristol, and on the death of Mr. James, in 1876, the sole pastor. Mr. Blatchford's hymns were written for the Sunday School anniversary services at Lewin's Mead Meeting, on the dates given below, and were adapted to existing melodies. They were first printed as fly-leaves and include:— 1. A gladsome hymn of praise we sing. Praise. 1876. 2. Awake to the duty, prepare for the strife. Duty. 1878. 3. Lord, without Thy constant blessing. Divine Help. 1… Go to person page >

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First Line: Spread wide the Maker's name
Title: A song of praise and power
Author: Ambrose N. Blatchford
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