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Holy, holy, is what the angels sing

There is singing up in heaven

Author: Johnson Oatman
Tune: [There is singing up in Heaven]
Published in 23 hymnals

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1. There is singing up in Heaven
such as we have never known,
Where the angels sing the praises
of the Lamb upon the throne,
Their sweet harps are ever tuneful,
and their voices always clear,
O that we might be more like them
while we serve the Master here!

Holy, holy, is what the angels sing,
And I expect to help them make the courts of Heaven ring;
But when I sing redemption’s story, they will fold their wings,
For angels never felt the joys that our salvation brings.

2. But I hear another anthem,
blending voices clear and strong,
Unto Him who hath redeemed us
and hath bought us, is the song;
We have come through tribulation
to this land so fair and bright,
In the fountain freely flowing
He hath made our garments white. [Refrain]

3. Then the angels stand and listen,
for they cannot join the song,
Like the sound of many waters,
by that happy, blood washed throng,
For they sing about great trials,
battles fought and vict’ries won,
And they praise their great Redeemer,
who hath said to them, Well done. [Refrain]

4. So, although I’m not an angel,
yet I know that over there
I will join a blessèd chorus
that the angels cannot share;
I will sing about my Savior,
who upon dark Calvary
Freely pardoned my transgressions,
died to set a sinner free. [Refrain]

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #2510

Author: Johnson Oatman

Johnson Oatman, Jr., son of Johnson and Rachel Ann Oatman, was born near Medford, N. J., April 21, 1856. His father was an excellent singer, and it always delighted the son to sit by his side and hear him sing the songs of the church. Outside of the usual time spent in the public schools, Mr. Oatman received his education at Herbert's Academy, Princetown, N. J., and the New Jersey Collegiate Institute, Bordentown, N. J. At the age of nineteen he joined the M.E. Church, and a few years later he was granted a license to preach the Gospel, and still later he was regularly ordained by Bishop Merrill. However, Mr. Oatman only serves as a local preacher. For many years he was engaged with his father in the mercantile business at Lumberton… Go to person page >

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First Line: There is singing up in heaven
Title: Holy, holy, is what the angels sing
Author: Johnson Oatman



The Cyber Hymnal #2510
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