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Alfred H. Miles, ed.  The Sacred Poets of the Nineteenth Century.  1907.
 
Benedicite (“Angels holy”)
By John Stuart Blackie (1809–1895)
 
        ANGELS holy,
        High and lowly,
Sing the praises of the Lord!
Earth and sky, all living nature,
Man, the stamp of thy Creator,        5
Praise ye, praise ye, God the Lord!
 
        Sun and moon bright,
        Night and noonlight,
Starry temples azure-floored,
Cloud and rain, and wild wind’s madness,        10
Suns of God that shout for gladness,
Praise ye, praise ye, God the Lord!
 
        Ocean hoary,
        Tell His glory,
Cliffs where tumbling seas have roared!        15
Pulse of waters blithely beating,
Wave advancing, wave retreating,
Praise ye, praise ye, God the Lord!
 
        Rock and high land,
        Wood and island,        20
Crag where eagle’s pride hath soared,
Mighty mountains purple-breasted,
Peaks cloud-heaving, snowy-crested,
Praise ye, praise ye, God the Lord!
 
        Rolling river,        25
        Praise Him ever,
From the mountain’s deep vein poured;
Silver fountain clearly gushing,
Troubled torrent madly rushing,
Praise ye, praise ye, God the Lord!        30
 
        Bond and free man
        Land and sea man,
Earth with peoples widely stored,
Woodman lone o’er prairies ample,
Full-voiced choir in costly temple,        35
Praise ye, praise ye, God the Lord!
 
        Praise Him ever,
        Bounteous Giver!
Praise Him Father, Friend, and Lord!
Each glad soul its free course winging,        40
Each blithe voice its free song singing,
Praise the great and mighty Lord!
 
 
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