Athens (Hezekiah Moors)

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Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2020-02-06).   Score information: 7 x 10 inches (landscape), 1 page, 49 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Four-part version: Counter part written by B. C. Johnston, 2020. Note shapes added (4-shape). Two more stanzas added. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.

General Information

Title: Athens
First Line: All hail, happy day
Composer: Hezekiah Moors
Lyricist: Anonymous

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: Sacred   Meter: 569. 569

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1809 in The Province Harmony

Description: Words by an unknown author, first published in 1790, with eight stanzas.

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Original text and translations

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1. All hail! happy day,
When enrobed in our clay,
The Redeemer appeared upon earth:
Hew can we refrain
For to join the glad strain,
And to hail our Immanuel's birth?

2. How boundless that love,
First begotten above,
And through Jesus to sinners made known!
Lift, lift up the voice.
And exulting rejoice,
For Jehovah to earth is come down.

 

3. Ye angels of God,
Sound his praises abroad,
And acknowledge him Jah, the I AM:
We also will join
In a hymn so divine,
Giving glory to God and the Lamb.

4. To Christ, we will sing.
As our High Priest. and King,
And our Prophet to teach us the road:
But more than all this,
For Almighty he is,
And we own him our crucified God!

 

5. To Jesus' praise
Let us spend all our days,
For 'tis he our surety hath stood:
He sojourned below,
That his mercy might flow,
And he purchased our pardon with blood!

6. O may the return
Of this once-blessed morn.
Be forever remembered with joy;
Sweet accents of praise
All our voices shall raise,
Hallelujahs shall be our employ.

 

7. Let echo prolong
The harmonious song,
Hallelujahs again and again;
He kindles the fire,
Whom the nations desire,
And to him we devote the glad strain,

8. Blest Jesus, while we
Pay our tribute to thee,
Let us worship, admire, and adore;
Accept as thy crown,
What before was thy own,
Hallelujahs and praise evermore.

– Coke and Asbury, Pocket hymn-book, Eleventh Edition. 1790