Lift up your heads in joyful hope

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General information

Lift up your heads in joyful hope is an English hymn for Christmas, written during the 18th century.

The Hymn Tune Index indicates the first published use of the text with a hymn tune was a setting headed 'Xmas', attributed to Martin Madan in the 1769 edition of the Lock Hospital'sLink to the English Wikipedia article Collection of Psalm and Hymn Tunes, which was edited by Madan.

The text itself was previously published as 'HYMN CLXII' on pp169-170 of A Collection of Psalms and Hymns, Extracted from various Authors, and published by the Reverend Mr. Madan. The Fifth Edition. With an Appendix, London: 1767.

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Text and translations

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LIFT up your Heads in joyful Hope,
Salute the happy Morn;
Each Heav'nly Pow'r
Proclaims the glad Hour,
Lo Jesus the Saviour is born!

All Glory be to God on high,
To Him all Praise is due;
The Promise is seal'd,
The Saviour's reveal'd,
And proves that the Record is true.

Let Joy around like Rivers flow,
Flow on, and still increase;
Spread o'er the glad Earth
At Jesus his Birth,
For Heaven and Earth are at Peace.

Now the Good-will of Heaven is shewn
Tow'rds Adam's helpless Race;
Messiah is come
To ransom his Own,
To save them by infinite Grace.

Then let us join the Heavens above
Where hymning Seraphs sing,
Join all the glad Pow'rs,
For their Lord is Ours,
Our Prophet, our Priest, and our King.

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