John Speller's Web Pages Lift up your hearts in joyful hope

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Lift up your hearts in joyful hope
The title of this carol is found in the index of a manuscript of carols that formerly belonged to Joseph Willcox (b.1823), of Coombe Keynes, Dorset and dating from the 1830s or 1840s. The anonymous text is taken from Psalms and Hymns for Use in the Church of England, at Home and in the Colonies (London: George Bell, 1852). I have been unable to locate a tune for the text.

Lift up your hearts in joyful hope,
Salute the happy morn:
Each heavenly power proclaims the hour;
Lo! Jesus Christ is born!

Let joy around, like rivers, flow,
Flow on, and still increase –
Spread o’er the earth, at Jesus’ birth,
The new-born Prince of Peace.

Now the good-will of heaven is shown
To Adam’s helpless race:
The Lord comes down to save his own –
To save them by his grace.

Then let us join the heavens above,
Where holy angels sing:
Join,all ye powers! Your Lord is ours –
Our Prophet, Priest and King!

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