The Almighty spake, and Gabriel sped

The Almighty spake, and Gabriel sped

Author: George Richards
Tune: CHRISTMAS (Holyoke)
Published in 3 hymnals

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Th'Almighty spake, and Gabriel sped,
Upborne on wings of light,
Jehovah's glory round him spread,
And chang'd , to day, the night.

Swift down to earth th'archangel flew,
From God's eternal throne;
His shining robe of rainbow hue,
The star, moon, sun, outshone.

Ten thousand thousand left the sky,
To catch salvation's sound;
One note of peace was heard on high,
Glad tidings roll'd around.

Shout, shout for joy; rejoice, O earth,
All hail, All hail, this glorious morn,
Remoice! rejoice in Jesus' birth,
To day are nations born.

"From Zion's hill to worlds above
Reecho back the strain,
And Golden heps, attun'd to love,
Thus swep Ephrathah's plain.

"He comes! He comes! The Saviour God.
Good will, peace peace, joy for men.
Glad tidings shout to all abroad,
amen, amen, amen, amen.

Harmonia Americana, 1791

Author: George Richards

Richards, George, born near Newport, Rhode Island, circa 1755. For some years he was Purser and Chaplain in the United States Navy, and also taught a school in Boston. In 1789 he became an Universalist preacher, ministered at Portsmouth, New Haven, 1793-1809, and from 1809 in Philadelphia, where, his mind having given way under trouble, he died by his own hand, March 16, 1816. With S. Lane he edited the Universalist Hymn Book, published at Boston, 1792. This was one of the earliest collections of that body. It contained 49 of Richards's hymns. In 1801 he published A Collection of Hymns, Dover, New Hampshire, which contained 6 additional hymns by himself, and in 1806, also at Dover, a second edition of the same, greatly enlarged, with anothe… Go to person page >

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First Line: The Almighty spake, and Gabriel sped
Author: George Richards
Language: English

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Harmonia Americana #109

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Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs #A27

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Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs #CXV

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