Ye Servants of God is a more obscure hymn. The only place I have ever sung it is at BSF. The lyrics are by Charles Wesley. The music is by William Croft. The tune is named Hanover. You may have actually sung the more familiar O Worship the King, to this tune. William Croft is quite the famous fellow. He was a composer and organist in the late 1600s and early 1700s. He wrote music for the funeral of Queen Anne and for the coronation of King George II. His most famous piece is St. Anne, set to Isaac Watt's poem, O God our Help in Ages Past. William Croft was the organist at Westminster Abbey for over 20 years. And this man wrote the wonderful tune to the hymn we are learning. When I find out all this background on hymns, it inspires me. It makes me feel like I am part of of grand community-aka the universal church. What a privilege! Anyway, here are Charles Wesley's words to encourage your heart...
Ye servants of God, your Master proclaim,
and publish abroad His wonderful name;
That name all victorious of Jesus extol:
His kingdom is glorious, He rules over all.
God ruleth on high, almighty to save,
and still He is nigh, His presence we have.
The great congregation in triumph shall sing,
ascribing salvation to Jesus our king.
Salvation to God, who sits on the throne!
Let all cry aloud and honor the son.
The praises of Jesus the angels proclaim,
fall down on their faces, and worship the Lamb.
Then let us adore, and give Him His right-
all glory and power, all wisdom and might.
All honor and blessing, with angels above,
and thanks never ceasing and infinite love.
The great congregation His triumph shall sing...PTL! That includes me!