How happy are we (Benjamin Milgrove)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2010-08-15).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 67 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: How happy are we
Composer: Benjamin Milgrove
Lyricist: Augustus Toplady ,

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn

Language: English
Instruments: Organ

First published:

Description: The general congregation (sometimes divided into men and women) should sing the Air.

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Original text and translations

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How happy are we
Our election who see
And can venture our souls on thy gracious decree!
In Jesus approved,
from eternity loved,
and held in his hand, whence we cannot be moved!

'Tis sweet to recline
on the bosom divine,
And experience the comforts peculiar to thine:
While, borne from above,
and upheld by thy love,
We with singing and triumph to Sion remove.

As doves we have prest
to the ark of thy breast,
That harbour of safety, that centre of rest:
Thou hast taken us in,
Thou hast cancell'd our sin,
And sown the sure seed of salvation within.

Our seeking thy face
was the fruit of thy grace;
Thy goodness deserves and shall have all the praise:
No sinner can be
beforehand with Thee;
Thy grace is preventing, almighty and free.

Effectually drawn,
we came to thy son,
And Thou'lt perfect the work, for the work was thy own:
Thy breath, from above,
the spark shall improve;
No floods can extinguish our dawning of love.