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O for a shout of sacred joy

Christ ascending and reigning.

Poet: Isaac Watts, 1719
Meter: Common Meter Double (8,6,8,6,8,6,8,6)
Location in The Sacred Harp
Stanza Denson Cooper
O for a shout of sacred joy
To God the sovíreign King!
Let evíry land their toungs employ,
And hymns of triumph sing.

Augusta 35, Stanza 1a
Jesus our God ascends on high;
His heavínly guards around
Attend him rising throí the sky,
With trumpetís joyful sound.

Augusta 35, Stanza 1b
While angels shout and praise their King,
Let mortals learn their strains;
Let all the earth his honours sings;
Oíer all the earth he reigns.

Augusta 35, Stanza 2a
Rehearse his praise with awe profound,
Let knowledge lead the song,
Nor mock him with a solemn sound
Upon a thoughtless tongue.

Augusta 35, Stanza 2b
In Israíl stood his antient throne,
He lovíd that chosen race;
But now he calls the world his own,
And heathens taste his grace.

The British islands are the Lordís,
There Abrahamís God is known;
While powírs and princes, shields and swords
Submit before his throne.

Watts, Isaac. The Psalms of David: Imitated in the Language of the New Testament, and applied to the Christian State and Worship. 22nd ed. London: T. Longman et. al., 1769.