With happy voices ringing
With happy voices ringing. William George Tarrant* (1853-1928).
This hymn for children is dated 1888 in most books. The first line is often printed as ‘With happy voices singing’. It was included in the revised edition (1902) of The Essex Hall Hymnal (Unitarian) and subsequently became Tarrant’s best known hymn in the USA. It had three stanzas:
With happy voices ringing, Thy children, Lord, appear, Their joyous praises bringing In anthems sweet and clear. For skies of golden splendour, For azure rolling sea For blossoms sweet and tender, O Lord, we worship thee.
What though no eye beholds thee, No hand thy hand may feel, - The universe unfolds thee, Thy starry heavens...
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