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Church of England Logo

Above:  Logo of the Church of England

The Reverend Francis Pott (1832-1909), a priest of the Church of England, wrote and translated hymns.  He also helped to prepare Hymns, Ancient and Modern (1861) and had a strong interest in reforming the practice of chanting in congregations.


Angel Voices, Ever Singing:

The Strife is O’er, the Battle Done:


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Frieze of the Angels

Above:  The Frieze of the Angels (John Singer Sargent, 1902)

Image Source = Library of Congress

Reproduction Number = LC-USZ62-133694

Hymn Source = The Hymnal (1911), the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A.

Words (1861) by Francis Pott (1832-1909), a priest of the Church of England


1.  Angel voices, ever singing

Round Thy throne of light,

Angel harps, forever ringing,

Rest not day nor night;

Thousands only live to bless Thee,

And confess Thee Lord of might.

2.  Thou who art beyond the farthest

Mortal eye can scan,

Can it be that Thou regardest

Songs of sinful man?

Can we feel that Thou art near us,

And wilt hear us?

Yea, we can.

3.  Yea, we know Thy love rejoices

O’er each work of Thine;

Thou didst ears and hands and voices

For Thy praise combine;

Craftsman’s art and music measure

For Thy pleasure

Didst design.

4.  Here, great God, to-day we offer

Of Thine own to Thee;

And for Thine acceptance proffer,

All unworthily,

Hearts and minds, and hands and voices,

In our choicest


5.  Honor, glory, might, and merit,

Thine shall ever be,

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,

Blessed Trinity:

Of the best that Thou hast given

Earth and heaven

Render Thee.

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Harrowing of Hell Mosaic

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Hymn Source = The Hymnal 1916 (1918), The Episcopal Church

Original words in Latin; English translation by Francis Pott (1832-1909), a priest of The Church of England



Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

1.  The strife is o’er, the battle done,

The victory of life is won;

The song of triumph has begun.


2.  The powers of death have done their worst,

But Christ their legions hath dispersed:

Let shout of holy joy outburst.


3.  The three sad days are quickly sped,

He rises glorious from the dead:

All glory to our risen Head!


4.  He closed the yawning gates of hell,

The bars from heavens high portals fell;

Let hymns of praise his triumphs tell!


5.  Lord! by the stripes which wounded thee,

From death’s dread sting thy servants free,

That we may live and sing to thee.


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!