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Augusta 35

The Sacred Harp, 2012 Revised Cooper Edition

Composer: Dr. Thomas W. Carter, 1844
Alto: Wilson Marion Cooper, 1902
Poet: Isaac Watts, 1719
Meter: Common Meter (8,6,8,6)
Stanza Poetry Source by First Line
1
O for a shout of sacred joy
To God, the sovíreign King!
Let evíry land their tongues employ,
And hymns of triumph sing.
Jesus, our God, ascends on high;
His heavínly guards around,
Attend Him rising through the sky,
With trumpetís joyful sound.


O for a shout of sacred joy, Stanza 1 & Stanza 2
2
While angels shout and praise their King,
Let mortals learn their strain;
Let all the earth His honors sing;
Oíer all the earth He reigns.
Speak forth His praise with awe profound,
Let knowledge guide the song;
Nor mock Him with a solemn sound,
Upon a thoughtless tongue.


O for a shout of sacred joy, Stanza 3 & Stanza 4