Scripture Verse

Hear, O ye kings; give ear, O ye princes; I, even I, will sing unto the Lord. Judges 5:3


Words: R. Freen, 1912. Ap­peared in Light and Life Songs No. 2, ed­it­ed by Will­iam B. Olm­stead & Tho­ro Har­ris (Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois: W. B. Rose, 1914), num­ber 168.

Music: Heil­bronn Ed­win H. Book­my­er, 1912 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know Freen’s full name, or where to get a good pho­to of him or Book­my­er (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


Heav’nly angels, listen
While earth’s children sing
Songs of joy and gladness
To their mighty king;
Let the harps be silent
In bright beams above,
When we sing of Jesus
And His wondrous love.


Heav’nly angels, listen
While earth’s children sing,
Singing loud hosannas
To their mighty king.

Gentle Savior, listen
While we sing Thy praise;
Jesus loves the children,
Knows their thoughts and ways;
Once in childhood’s pleasures
Jesus took delight;
Now He watches o’er us
Morning, noon and night.


O the love of Jesus,
Wonderful, sublime!
How its power increases
With the march of time!
’Twas for love He suffered
Pain and death and shame;
Praise Him, all creation,
Praise His holy name.