Come, angels, seize your harps of gold

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Come, angels, seize your harps of gold is a hymn of unknown authorship. It was included under the heading 'TRIUMPHANT HYMN' on pp20-21 of a collection of texts titled Select Hymns, Odes, Poems, and Other Choice Pieces, Proper to be Sung in Public Worship. Set to Music, by John Beaumont, Leeds: 1800. Beaumont's musical setting of the text (published in the period 1795-1801) is the earliest listed by the Hymn Tune Index, and the text may be his own work.

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As given in Select Hymns, Odes, Poems, and Other Choice Pieces

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1  COME Angels! seize your harps of gold,
The song of love to man unfold;
Assist our joys, exalt your praise,
Another sinner sav'd by grace.
Glory, glory, let us sing,
While heav'n and earth with glory ring,
Hosanna to the Lamb of God.

2  A leper wash'd from ev'ry stain,
Requires a higher, louder strain;
The Spirit's stamp'd and seal'd within,
The blood of Christ hath cleans'd from sin:
Satan feels his pow'r is gone,
He falls like light'ning from his throne,
Hosanna to the Lamb of God.

3  Come, let us sing, and pray and praise,
For soon this waring strife shall cease;
When lost in love - o'erwhelm'd with God,
With Christ we take our blest abode.
Hark! the trumpet speaks him nigh,
Hark! hark! he comes! while myriads cry,
Hosanna to the Lamb of God.

4  We little flock, by all contemn'd,
O'erlook'd, unknown, despis'd, condemn'd;
With names traduc'd, and lives abhorr'd,
We suffer with our murder'd Lord:
If the flames ascend the higher,
We'll burn triumphant in the fire,
Hosanna to the Lamb of God.

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