Ye holy angels bright


Ye holy angels bright,
who wait at God's right hand,
or through the realms of light
fly at your Lord's command,
assist our song,
for else the theme
too high doth seem
for mortal tongue.

Ye blessed souls at rest,
who ran this earthly race
and now, from sin released,
behold your Savior's face,
his praises sound,
as in his sight
with sweet delight
ye do abound.

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!

My soul, bear thou thy part,
triumph in God above:
and with a well-tuned heart
sing thou the songs of love!
Let all thy days
till life shall end,
whate'er he send,
be filled with praise!


Words: Richard Baxter (1615-1691), 1681

Music: Darwall's 148th (John Darwall, 1731-1789)

Meter: 6 66 44 44

Hymnal, Year Number Tunes Other comments
Hymns Ancient & Modern, 1861-1874      
The Anglican Hymn Book, 1868       
The Sarum Hymnal, 1869      
The Church Hymnal, 1871 (Hall & Whiteley)      
The Church Hymnal, 1874 (Goodrich & Gilbert)      
The Church Hymnal, 1874 (Tucker & Rousseau)      
The Church Hymnal, 1874 (Hutchins)      
Church Hymns with Tunes, 1874 560 Darwall's 148th  
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 1874      
Hymns Ancient & Modern, Standard, 1875-1924 546 Darwall's 148th  
A Church of England Hymn Book, 1879 467    
The Universal Hymn Book, 1885      
The Hymnal Companion, 1890      
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Darlington)      
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Parker)      
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Hutchins)      
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Tucker & Rousseau)      
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Helfenstein)      
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Messiter)      
The Yattendon Hymnal, 1900
     
Church Hymns, New Edition, 1903 606 Howard  
Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Edition, 1904 408 Darwall's 148th  
The English Hymnal, 1906 517 Darwall's 148th  
The Book of Common Praise, 1908 545 Darwall's 148th  
The Hymnal 1916 264 Darwall's 148th  
Church Hymnal for the Christian Year, 1917      
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 1919 488 Darwall's 148th  
Church Hymnal Revised, 1920
(Hutchins)
299 Darwall's 148th  
The Oxford Hymn Book, 1925 330 Darwall's 148th, Warsaw  
Songs of Praise, 1925 401 Darwall's 148th  
Songs of Praise, Enlarged Edition, 1931 701 Darwall's 148th  
The Book of Common Praise, 1938 375 Croft's 136th, Darwall's 148th  
The Hymnal 1940 600 Darwall's 148th  
Hymns Ancient & Modern, Revised, 1950 371 Darwall's 148th  
The Mirfield Mission Hymn Book, 1955      
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 1960 489 Darwall's 148th  
Anglican Hymn Book, 1965 024 Darwall's 148th  
The Hymn Book 1971   Croft's 136th,  
The Australian Hymn Book / With One Voice, 1977 026 Darwall's 148th  
The Hymnal 1982 625 Darwall's 148th  
Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Standard, 1983 198 Darwall's 148th  
The New English Hymnal, 1985 475 Darwall's 148th  
Hymns for Today's Church, second edition, 1988 357 Croft's 136th, Darwall's 148th  
Church Family Worship, 1988      
Hymns Old & New, New Anglican Edition, 1996 564 Darwall's 148th  
Common Praise (The Anglican Church of Canada), 1998 323 Darwall's 148th  
Together in Song: The Australian Hymn Book II, 1999 108 Darwall's 148th  
Sing Glory, 1999 076 Darwall's 148th  
Complete Mission Praise, 2000 783 Darwall's 148th  
Common Praise: Hymns Ancient & Modern, 2000 626 Darwall's 148th  
Hymns Old & New, Complete Anglican Edition, 2000 755 Darwall's 148th  
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 2000 376 Darwall's 148th  

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