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Zion’s Daughter (Rejoice Greatly) – Hearty Hymns from A to Z




George Frideric Handel’s Messiah oratorio is one of the most recognized musical compositions in all of Christendom. The famous composer (1685-1759) drew lines largely from the Old Testament, and particularly from the Psalms and the prophetic book of Isaiah.

Although not technically a hymn, this recitative portion of Handel’s Messiah rings familiar:

 
Rejoice greatly,
O daughter of Zion Shout,
O daughter of Jerusalem!
Behold, thy King cometh unto thee!
He is the righteous Saviour,
And He shall speak peace unto the heathen.


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Saturday

Ye Servants of God, Your Master Proclaim – Hearty Hymns from A to Z



The famous English Methodist hymn-writer Charles Wesley (1707-1788) scribed these lyrics, which fit a tune by Johann M. Haydn (1737-1806).



You servants of God, your Master proclaim,
and publish abroad his wonderful name;
the name all-victorious of Jesus extol;
his kingdom is glorious and rules over all.

God rules in the height, almighty to save;
though hid from our sight, his presence we have;
the great congregation his triumph shall sing,
ascribing salvation to Jesus our King.

"Salvation to God, who sits on the throne!"
let all cry aloud, and honor the Son;
the praises of Jesus the angels proclaim,
fall down on their faces and worship the Lamb.

Then let us adore and give him his right:
all glory and power, all wisdom and might,
all honor and blessing with angels above
and thanks never ceasing for infinite love.


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Friday

eXult the Lord, His Praise Proclaim – Hearty Hymns from A to Z



With words from The Psalter of 1912, set to a melody by Franz J. Haydn (1732-1809), this traditional Christian hymn is a favorite of many. A few key lines are repeated, adding emphasis and familiarity to this creative expression of Psalm 135.



Exalt the Lord, His praise proclaim;
All ye His servants, praise His Name,
Who in the Lord’s house ever stand
And humbly serve at His command.
The Lord is good, His praise proclaim;
Since it is pleasant, praise His Name;
His people for His own He takes
And His peculiar treasure makes.

I know the Lord is high in state,
Above all gods our Lord is great;
The Lord performs what He decrees,
In heaven and earth, in depths and seas.
He makes the vapors to ascend
In clouds from earth’s remotest end;
The lightnings flash at His command,
He holds the tempest in His hand.

Exalt the Lord, His praise proclaim;
All ye His servants, praise His Name,
Who in the Lord’s house ever stand
And humbly serve at His command,
Forever praise and bless His Name,
And in the church His praise proclaim;
In Zion is His dwelling place;
Praise ye the Lord, show forth His grace.


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