Scripture Verse

There is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repents. Luke 15:10


Words: Ge­rard Moul­trie, 1873. The hymn was writ­ten for St. Mi­chael’s Church, Folke­stone, and pub­lished in Ed­ward Hus­band’s 1873 Ap­pen­dix to Hymns An­cient and Mo­dern.

Music: Folke­stone Pro­ces­sion­al Ed­ward Hus­band (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Gerard Moultrie


There is sound of rejoicing
Around the great throne,
A whisper of myriad wings;
For the foe that accuseth
Us lies cast down,
And the choir of angels sings—


Salvation, and honor, and majesty be,
Lord of all power and might unto Thee.

And the soul may approach
To her God without dread,
In moment of praise of prayer;
Fear ye not, the bright angels
Of God have said,
Glad tidings of joy we bear.


But the hour draweth nigh
When the angel shall stand
With foot on the silent shore;
By the Lord he shall swear,
As he lifts his hand,
And that time shall be no more.


And the thunders shall roll,
And the dead, great and small,
At the throne of the Judge shall stand;
And the song shall resound
Thro’ the heav’nly hall,
Of the saints at God’s right hand.