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With songs and honours sounding loud

PSALM CXLVII. 7,—9, 13, —18.
The seasons of the year.

Poet: Isaac Watts, 1719
Meter: Common Meter (8,6,8,6)
Location in The Sacred Harp
Stanza Denson Cooper
1
With songs and honours sounding loud
Address the Lord on high;
Over the heav’ns he spreads his cloud,
And waters veil the sky.



2
He sends his show’rs of blessing down
To chear the plains below;
He makes the grass the mountains crown,
And corn in valleys grow.



3
He gives the grazing ox his meat,
He hears the ravens cry;
But man, who tastes his finest wheat,
Should raise his honours high.



4
His steady counsels change the face
Of the declining year;
He bids the sun cut short his race
And wint’ry days appear.



5
His hoary frost, his fleecy snow,
Descend and clothe the ground:
The liquid streams forbear to flow,
In icy fetters bound.


Winter 38t, Stanza 1

6
When from his dreadful stores on high
He pours the rattling hail,
The wretch that dares this God defy
Shal find his courage fail.



7
He sends his word and melts the snow,
The fields no longer mourn:
He calls the warmer gales to blow,
And bids the spring return


Winter 38t, Stanza 2

8
The changing wind, the flying cloud,
Obey his mighty word:
With songs and honours sounding loud,
Praise ye the sov’reign Lord.




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.