Continuing on my journey of favorite hymns through the alphabet, I am joining:
Alphabe-Thursday, letter C
The choir I sung in had a nice version of this hymn. Always a pleasure to belt this one out♪ Have a wonderful week!
Christian Henry Bateman (1813-1899) was ordained into the Church of England after being a Congregational minister.
The original incipit (opening line of the hymn) was “Come, children, join to sing.” Though changed in the Presbyterian hymnal to include all age groups, Bateman’s text contains direct, uncomplicated language suited for children.
1 Come, Christians, join to sing
Loud praise to Christ our King;
Let all, with heart and voice,
Before His throne rejoice;
Praise is His gracious choice.
2 Come, lift your hearts on high,
Let praises fill the sky;
He is our Guide and Friend;
To us He’ll condescend;
His love shall never end.
3 Praise yet our Christ again,
Life shall not end the strain;
On heaven’s blissful shore,
His goodness we’ll adore,
According to St Augustine of Hippo “He who sings well prays twice”.