Tune: LAUDES DOMINI

Composer: Joseph Barnby, 1868

Author: German hymn, c. 1800; trans. Edward Caswall, 1858

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VERSE 1:
When morning gilds the skies my heart awaking cries:
May Jesus Christ be praised!
Alike at work and prayer, to Jesus I repair:
May Jesus Christ be praised!

VERSE 2:
Does sadness fill my mind? A solace here I find,
May Jesus Christ be praised!
Or fades my earthly bliss? My comfort still is this,
May Jesus Christ be praised!

VERSE 3:
The night becomes as day when from the heart we say:
May Jesus Christ be praised!
The powers of darkness fear when this sweet song they hear:
May Jesus Christ be praised!

VERSE 4:
Let earth’s wide circle ‘round in joyful notes resound:
May Jesus Christ be praised!
Let air and sea and sky from depth to height reply:
May Jesus Christ be praised!

VERSE 5:
In Heaven’s eternal bliss the loveliest strain is this,
May Jesus Christ be praised!
Be this th’eternal song through all the ages long:
May Jesus Christ be praised!