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Alfred H. Miles, ed. The Sacred Poets of the Nineteenth Century. 1907.

By Psalms and Hymns. I. “Sing to the Lord our might”

Henry Francis Lyte (1793–1847)

(Psalm lxxxi.)

SING to the Lord our might;

With holy fervour sing!

Let hearts and instruments unite

To praise our heavenly King.

This is His holy house,

And this, His festal day,

When He accepts the humblest vows

That we sincerely pay.

The Sabbath to our sires,

In mercy, first was given;

The church her Sabbaths still requires

To speed her on to heaven.

We still, like them of old,

Are in the wilderness;

And God is still as near His fold

To pity and to bless.

Then let us open wide

Our hearts for Him to fill:

And He that Israel then supplied,

Will help His Israel still.