Praise to the Redeemer (Walter Janes)

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  • (Posted 2016-08-01)   CPDL #40616:       
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2016-08-01).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 151 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Oval note edition. First and second vocal staffs switched. Instrumental interludes included. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • (Posted 2016-08-01)   CPDL #40615:   
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2016-08-01).   Score information: 7 x 10 inches (landscape), 4 pages, 141 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Note shapes added (4-shape). First and second vocal staffs switched. Instrumental interludes omitted.

General Information

Title: Praise to the Redeemer
First Line: Mighty God, while angels bless thee
Composer: Walter Janes
Lyricist: Robert Robinson

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: STB
Genre: SacredAnthem   Meter: 87. 87 (Robinson)

Language: English
Instruments: String ensemble

Published: 1803 in The Massachusetts Harmony, pp. 83-88.

Description: Words by Robert Robinson, 1774, entitled Praise to the Redeemer, with nine stanzas. Janes used all nine stanzas in his composition. The piece is mostly a cappella, with two four-measure interludes for three-piece string ensemble.

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Original text and translations

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1. Mighty God, while angels bless thee,
May an infant lisp thy name?
Lord of men as well as angels,
Thou art every creature's theme.
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Amen.

2. Lord of every land and nation,
Ancient of eternal days!
Sounded through the wide creation
Be thy just and lawful praise.
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Amen.

3. For the grandeur of thy nature,
Grand beyond a seraph's thought,
For created works of power,
Works with skill and kindness wrought.
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Amen.

 

4. For thy providence that governs
Through thine empire's wide domain;
Wings an angel, guides a sparrow,
Blessed be thy gentle reign.
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Amen.

5. But thy rich, thy free redemption,
Dark through brightness all along;
Thought is poor, and poor expression,
Who dare sing that awful song?
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Amen.

6. Brightness of the Father's glory,
Shall thy praise unuttered lie?
Fly, my tongue, such guilty silence!
Sing the Lord who came to die.
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Amen.

 

7. Did archangels sing thy coming?
Did the shepherds learn their lays?
Shame would cover me ungrateful,
Should my tongue refuse to praise.
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Amen.

8. From the highest throne in glory.
To the cross of deepest woe,
All to ransom guilty captives,
Flow my praise, forever flow.
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Amen.

9. Go return, immortal Savior,
Leave thy footstool, take thy throne;
Thence return, and reign forever
Be the kingdom all thine own.
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Amen.