616. O God, We Praise Thee, and Confess

1 O God, we praise thee, and confess
that thou the only Lord
and everlasting Father art,
by all the earth adored.
To thee all angels cry aloud;
to thee the pow'rs on high,
both cherubim and seraphim,
continually do cry.

2 O holy, holy, holy Lord,
whom heav'nly hosts obey,
the world is with the glory filled
of thy majestic ray.
Th'apostles' glorious company
and prophets crowned with light,
with all the martyrs' noble host
thy constant praise recite.

3 The holy church throughout the world,
O Lord, confesses thee,
that thou eternal Father art
of boundless majesty.
Thy honored, true, and only Son,
and Holy Ghost, the spring
of endless joy, the Lord of life:
blest Trinity we sing.

4 O Christ, of glory thou art King,
who from on high didst come
to save us all, and didst not then
disdain the virgin's womb.
And, having overcome the sting
of death, thou open'st wide
the gates of heav'n to all who firm
in thy belief abide.

Text Information
First Line: O God, we praise thee, and confess
Title: O God, We Praise Thee, and Confess
Original Language: Latin
Meter: CMD
Language: English
Publication Date: 1985
Source: Te Deum Laudamus, 5th century; Supplement to the New Version (1703) (versified in the)
Tune Information
Composer: W. H. Ferguson (c. 1911, alt.)
Meter: CMD
Key: A♭ Major
Copyright: Used by permission of The Royal School of Church Music

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