…teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. Colossians 3:16
Words: Philip Doddridge (1702–1751). Published posthumously in Hymns Founded on Various Texts in the Holy Scriptures, by Job Orton (Shropshire, England: Joshua Eddowes & John Cotton, 1755), number 69:
Singing in the ways of God.
Music: State Street Jonathan C. Woodman, 1844 (🔊 pdf nwc).
If you know where to get a good photo of Woodman (head-and-shoulders, at least 200×300 pixels), would you ?
Now let our voices join,
To form one pleasant song,
Ye pilgrims in Jehovah’s ways,
With music pass along.
How straight the path appears,
How open, and how fair!
No lurking sins t’entrap our feet,
No fierce destroyer there.
But flowers of paradise
In rich profusion spring;
The Sun of Glory gilds the path,
And dear companions sing.
See Salem’s golden spires
In beauteous prospect rise;
And brighter crowns than mortals wear,
Which sparkle through the skies.
All honor to His name,
Who drew the shining trace,
To Him, who leads the wanderers on,
And cheers them with His grace.
Reduce the nations, Lord,
Teach all their kings Thy ways,
That earth’s full choir the notes may swell,
And Heav’n resound the praise.