1 While angels thus, O Lord! rejoice,
Shall men no anthem raise?
O may we lose these useless tongues,
When we forget to praise!
2 Then let us swell responsive notes,
And join the heavenly throng;
For angels no such love have known
As we, to wake their song!
3 Goodwill to sinful dust is shown,
And peace on earth is given;
For lo! th' incarnate Savior comes,
With news of joy from heaven!
4 Mercy and truth, with sweet accord,
His rising beams adorn!
Let heaven and earth in concert sing,
"The promised child is born!"
5 Glory to God, in highest strains,
By highest worlds is paid!
Be glory, then, by us proclaimed,
And by our lives displayed;
VI Till we attain those blissful realms,
Where now our Savior reigns;
To rival the celestial choirs
In their immortal strains!
Select Psalms and Hymns for the Use of Mr. Adgate's Pupils, 1787