Ye Holy Angels Bright

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1 Ye holy angels bright,
who wait at God's right hand,
or through the realms of light
fly at your Lord's command,
assist our song,
for else the theme
too high doth seem
for mortal tongue.

2 Ye blessèd souls at rest,
who ran this earthly race,
and now, from sin released,
behold the Saviour's face,
his praises sound,
as in his sight
with sweet delight
ye do abound.

3 Ye saints, who toil below,
adore your heavenly King,
and onward as ye go
some joyful anthem sing;
take what he gives
and praise him still,
through good and ill,
who ever lives.

4 My soul, bear thou thy part,
triumph in God above,
and with a well-tuned heart
sing thou the songs of love;
let all thy days
till life shall end,
whate'er he send,
be filled with praise.

Source: Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #826

Author: Richard Baxter

Baxter, Richard. Only s. of Richard Baxter, yeoman, Eaton Constantine, Shropshire, b. at Rowton, Shropshire, Nov. 12,1615. He was educated at Wroxeter School, and for a time held the Mastership of the Dudley Grammar School. On taking Holy Orders, he became, in 1640, Ourate of Kidderminster. Subsequently he was for some time chaplain to one of Cromwell's regiments. Through weakness he had to take an enforced rest, during which he wrote his Saints’ Everlasting Rest. On regaining his health he returned to Kidderminster, where he remained until 1660, when he removed to London. At the Restoration he became chaplain to Charles II and was offered the bishopric of Hereford, which he refused. On the passing of the Act of Uniformity, he retired fro… Go to person page >


Ye holy angels bright. R. Baxter. [United Praise to God.] This in Chope's Hymnal, 1858; the S. P. C. K. Church Hymns, 1871; the 1889, Suppl. Hymns to Hymns Ancient & Modern, and others, is altered from Baxter's "Psalm of Praise," in his Poetical Fragments, 1681. The recast is by Mr. Chope.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)



Composed by John Darwall (b. Haughton, Staffordshire, England, 1731; d. Walsall, Staffordshire, England, 1789), DARWALL'S 148TH was first published as a setting for Psalm 148 in Aaron William's New Universal Psalmodist (1770) with only soprano and bass parts. The harmonization dates from the ninete…

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Instances (1 - 26 of 26)

Ancient and Modern #826

Anglican Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #840

Church Hymnal, Fifth Edition #376

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Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #179


Common Praise (1998) #323

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Common Praise #626

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Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #755

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Complete Mission Praise #783

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CPWI Hymnal #799

Hymns Ancient and Modern, New Standard Edition #198

Hymns and Psalms #20

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Hymns for a Pilgrim People #3

Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #353

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Hymns of Glory, Songs of Praise #179

Hymns Old and New #564

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Rejoice in the Lord #578

Sing Glory #76

Singing the Faith #69

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The Book of Praise #606

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The Covenant Hymnal #760


The Cyber Hymnal #7760


The Hymnal 1982 #625

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The Irish Presbyterian Hymnbook #669

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The New English Hymnal #475


Together in Song #108

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Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #18

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