- (Posted 2020-02-04) CPDL #56911:
- Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2020-02-04). Score information: 7 x 10 inches (landscape), 1 page, 42 kB Copyright: Public Domain
- Edition notes: Note shapes added (4-shape). Two more stanzas included from the anonymous hymn. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
First Line: Let heaven and earth rejoice
Composer: Hezekiah Moors
Number of voices: 4vv Voicing: SATB
Genre: Sacred Meter: 66. 86 (S.M.)
Instruments: A cappella
First published: 1809 in The Province Harmony
Description: Words by an unknown author, first published about 1802 in New England, with ten stanzas.
Original text and translations
1. Let heaven and earth rejoice,
And sacred anthems raise,
To Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,
For free and sovereign grace.
2. Behold the spotless Lamb,
Descending from above,
To bring the earthly strangers home,
Upon the wings of love.
3. O may our souls rejoice,
His precepts to obey;
Who to fulfil all righteousness,
Marked out the humble way.
4. Thus Jesus did descend,
Into the liquid stream;
Which teaches sinners not to scorn,
What him so well became.
5. O may we thin march on,
Nor fear what men shall say ;
Deny ourselves and take our cross,
Since Jesus leads the way .
6. We dare no longer stand,
As neuters to thy cause ;
But by the help of grace we'll yield
Obedience to thy laws.
7. Into the watery tomb,
We cheerfully descend,
In token of our faith and love
To our celestial friend.
8. Lord meet us here this day,
Who come to do thy will;
Grant us thy presence, dearest Lord,
Thy promised grace fulfil.
9. Descend, O heavenly dove,
And wing our souls away,
Up to that bright and happy shore
Of everlasting day.
10. This day I'll make my choice
To serve the Lord most high;
Deny myself, take up the cross,
And do it cheerfully.
- – Smith, Joshua, and William Northup. 1811. Divine hymns, or spiritual songs, for the use of religious assemblies and private Christians. Twelfth Edition. Norwich, Connecticut: R. Hubbard.