196. Lord God, to You We All Give Praise

1 Lord God, to you we all give praise;
To you our joyful hymns we raise
That angel hosts you did create
Around your glorious throne to wait.

2 They shine with light and heav'nly grace
And constantly behold your face.
They heed your voice; they know it well;
In godly wisdom they excel.

3 They never rest nor sleep as we;
Their whole delight is but to be
With you, Lord Jesus, and to keep
Your little flock, your lambs and sheep.

4 The ancient dragon is their foe;
His envy and his wrath they know.
So now he subtly lies in wait
To ruin school and church and state.

5 But watchful is the angel band
That follows Christ on ev'ry hand
To guard his people where they go
And break the counsel of the foe.

6 O Lord, awaken songs of praise
For angel hosts that guard our days;
Teach us to serve you and adore
As angels do forevermore.

Text Information
First Line: Lord God, to you we all give praise
Title: Lord God, to You We All Give Praise
Original Language: Latin
Author: Philipp Melanchthon, 1497-1560 (abr., adapt.)
Translator: Emanuel Cronenwett, 1841-1931 (alt.)
Meter: LM
Language: English
Publication Date: 1993
Topic: St. Michael and All Angels
Tune Information
Meter: LM
Key: C Major
Source: Antiphoner, Grenoble, 1753
Copyright: Setting: Published by permission of the executors of the late Dr. Basil Harwood.

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