Ye Holy Angels Bright : About
Written in 1681 by English Nonconformist minister and hymnwriter Richard Baxter, Ye Holy Angels Bright is set to John Darwall’s ‘148th’ tune (written 1770) with which the hymn is sung most popularly. A poet and accomplished amateur musician, Darwall wrote musical settings for all 150 psalms during his life, and this tune was originally composed for Psalm 148. This tune remains Darwall’s only one still in popular use today and is also sung with Rejoice The Lord Is King.
Ye Holy Angels Bright : Recording
- Tune: Darwall’s 149th, composed by John Darwall (1731-1789) and harmonised by William Henry Monk (1823-1889). Meter: 66 66 44 44. Public Domain
- Performance ℗ 2021 Richard Irwin Music®. All rights reserved.
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Ye Holy Angels Bright : Lyrics
1. Ye holy angels bright,
Who stand at God’s right hand,
Or through the realms of light
Fly at you Lord’s command,
Assist our song, or else the theme
Too high doth seem for mortal tongue.
2. Ye blessèd souls at rest,
Who ran this heavenly race,
An now, from sin released,
Behold the Saviour’s face,
God’s praises sound, as in His sight
With sweet delight you 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 or 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 my days till life shall end,
Whate’er he send be filled with praise.
- Lyricists: Richard Baxter (1615-1691) and John Hampden Gurney (1802-1862). Public Domain.
- Meter: 66 66 44 44.
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