Angel voices

Angel voices, ever singing – E. Monk 1861

Angel voices ever singing
round Thy throne of light,
angel harps for ever ringing,
rest not day nor night;
thousands only live to bless Thee,
and confess Thee Lord of might.

In Thy house, great God we offer
of Thine own to Thee;
and for Thine acceptance proffer,
all unworthily,
hearts and minds and hands and voices
in our choicest psalmody.

Thou who art beyond the farthest
mortal eye can scan,
can it be that Thou regardest
songs of sinful man?

Can we know that Thou art near us
and wilt hear us? Yes, we can.

Yes, we know that Thou rejoicest
o’er each work of Thine;
Thou didst ears and hands and voices
for Thy praise design;
craftsman’s art and music’s measure
for Thy pleasure all combine.

Honour, glory, might and merit
Thine shall ever be:
Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
Blessed Trinity:
of the best that Thou hast given,
earth and heaven render Thee.

F. Pott (1861)


Added 15 July 2020. General praise.