Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Baxter: Ye holy angels bright

Wednesday, June 14, 2017
    Commemoration of Richard Baxter, Priest, Hymnographer, Teacher, 1691
    Clap your hands, all you nations; shout to God with cries of joy.
    —Psalm 47:1 (NIV)
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.

Ye blessed souls at rest,
Who ran this earthly race,
And now, from sin released,
Behold the Saviour’s face,
    God’s praises sound,
    As in his sight,
    With sweet delight,
    Ye do abound.

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 or ill,
    Who ever lives!

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.
    ... Richard Baxter (1615-1691), The Poor Man’s Family Book, in The Practical Works of Richard Baxter, v. IV, G. Virtue, 1838, p. 288 (see the book)
    See also Ps. 47; 66:1-4; 100; 2 Tim. 4:7; Heb. 12:1-2
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