When the Morning Stars Together   Leave a comment

 

Above:  Midnight Sun

Image in the Public Domain

Text by Albert F. Bayly (1901-1984)

Hymn Source = Common Praise (1998), the Anglican Church of Canada

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When the morning stars together their creator’s glory sang,

and the angel host all shouted till with joy the heavens rang,

then your wisdom and your greatness their exultant music told,

all the beauty and the splendour which your mighty works unfold.

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When in synagogue and temple voices raised their psalmist’ songs,

offering the adoration which alone to you belongs;

when the singers and the cymbals with the trumpet made accord,

glory filled the house of worship, and all knew your presence, Lord.

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Voice and instrument, in union through the ages, spoke your praise,

Plainsong, tuneful tuneful hymns, and anthems told your faithful, gracious ways.

Choir and orchestra and organ each a sacred offering brought,

while inspired by your Spirit, poet and composer wrought.

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Lord, we bring our gift of music; tough our lips and fire our hearts,

teach our minds and train our senses, fit us for this sacred art.

Then with skill and consecration we would serve you, Lord, and give

all our powers to glorify you, and, in serving, fully life.

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