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Divine Use of Music

We sing to thee, whose wisdom formed

Author: Nathaniel Ingelo
Published in 4 hymnals

Representative Text

1 We sing to thee, whose wisdom form'd
The curious organ of the ear;
And thou who gav'st us voices, Lord,
Our grateful songs in kindness hear.

2 We'll joy in god who is the spring,
Of lawful joy and harmless mirth;
whose boundless love is fitly call'd,
The harmony of heav'n and earth.

3 Those praises, dearest, Lord, aloud,
Our humble sonnets shall rehears:
Which rightly tun'd, are rightly stil'd,
The musick of the univere.

4 And whilst we sing; we'll consecrate,
That too, too much profaned art
By off'ring up with ev'ry tongue,
In ev'ry song a flaming heart.

5 We'll hallow pleasure and redeem,
From vulgar use our precious voice
Those lips which wantonly have sung,
Shall serve our turn for nobler joys.

Source: A Selection of Psalms and Hymns: done under the appointment of the Philadelphian Association #CCLIII

Author: Nathaniel Ingelo

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Text Information

First Line: We sing to thee, whose wisdom formed
Title: Divine Use of Music
Author: Nathaniel Ingelo
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


We sing to Thee Whose wisdom formed. [Divine Use of Music.] This appeared in The Whole Book of Psalms: with the Usual Hymns and Spiritual Songs. Together with all the Ancient and Proper Tunes sung in Churches, with some of Later Use. Composed in Three Parts.....By John Playford, London, 1677, p. 293, in 7 stanzas of 4 lines and a doxology. It was included in the 6th edition of the Supplement to the New Version, 1708, but has fallen out of use. Its original title is, "On the Divine use of Musick." --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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A Selection of Psalms and Hymns #253

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A Selection of Psalms and Hymns #CCLIII

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A Selection of Psalms and Hymns #253

Hymns and Spiritual Songs #d112

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