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How pleasant is the sound of praise!
(Thomas Kelly/Johannes Thomas Rüegg)

How pleasant is the sound of praise!

"Praise is comely for the upright." (Psalm 33,1)

1. How pleasant is the sound of praise!
  it well becomes the saints of God;
should they refuse their songs to raise,
  the stones would tell their shame abroad.

2. For him who washed you in his blood,
  ye saints, your loudest songs prepare;
he sought you wand'ring far from God,
  and now preserves you by his care.

3. One string there is of sweetest tone,
  reserved for sinners saved by grace;
'tis sacred to one theme alone,
  and touched by one peculiar race.

4. Though angels may with rapture see
  how mercy flows in streams of blood,
it is not theirs to prove, as we,
  the cleansing virtue of this flood.

5. While angels praise the heav'nly King,
  and worship him as God alone,
the saints with exultation sing –
  "He wears our nature on the throne."

6. Sweet truth! it yields unceasing cause
  of wonder and of praise above;
that man, who late accursed was,
  should be the object of such love.

7. Great King of angels and of saints!
  (whose matchless glories far outshine
what eye beholds, or fancy paints,)
  let everlasting praise be thine.

Thomas Kelly, Hymns on various passages of Scripture, ca. 1853, Hymn 195.

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