Author: Samuel Heinrich Fröhlich (1803-1857) Composer: William Batchelder Bradbury, 1859 (1816-1868)
1. With your Zion’s harps now chiming, Praise the Lord! Let’s do our best. Soon will come the time of parting; We’ll be laid in earth to rest. Exercise yourself in praising The true God, and laud His fame, Tho’ our faith at times be waning, We find courage in His name.
2. They above are ever singing Anthems God hath taught to them, And He faileth not in teaching Us to sing and praise His name. He hath now our hearts inspired With a true and fervent love; Gifted us with voice and talents, Thus to praise His name above.
3. See them, who their harps suspending On the weeping willow tree, Lacking zeal, Thy pardon spurning, They could not rejoice in Thee. But we are in Thee confiding, Freed from Babylon and sin; Even tho’ our life they threaten, Thou, O Lord, wilt help us win!
Special thanks to the Apostolic Christians who diligently labored to keep their rich musical heritage alive when most other denominations forsook it in the challenging battle of changing cultures. Thanks be to those souls who labored to write and compose this treasure of praise, many now only known to GOD!