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March 05, 2005

5R O Holy Angels Bright

Original Title: "Ye Holy Angels Bright," Richard Baxter (1681), DARWALL'S 148TH,, John Darwall (1770); New Title: "O Holy Angels Bright," rev. REH (2006), same hymn tune. Baxter was a 17th century Anglican "Nonconformist." John Darwall's tune is called simply DARWALL in Hymns of the Spirit Two, a frequently used alternative title for the same piece of music. The hymn does not appear in Singing the Living Tradition nor in The New Century Hymnal. See Revelation 5:11, "the voice of many angels."


1. O ho-ly an-gels bright,
who wait at God's sure hand,
or through the realms of light
fly on di-vine com-mand,
as-sist our song,
for else the theme
too high does seem
for mor-tal tongue.

2. Let not the prais-es grow
on pros-perous heights a-lone,
but in val-leys be-low,
let the great love be known.
Let no dis-tress
curb and con-trol
my wing-ed soul
and praise sup-press.

3. My soul, O bear your part,
tri-umph in God a-bove,
and with a well-tuned heart,
O sing the songs of love.
Let all your days
till life shall end,
what-ever is sent,
be filled with praise. A-men.

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