Sweetest music softly stealing (Traditional)
Title: Sweetest Music Softly Stealing
Composer: Anonymous (Traditional)
First published: 1875 in Shaker hymn collection
Original text and translations
Sweetest music softly stealing
O'er our hearts in tuneful chime,
Shall in joyous notes revealing,
Swell the song of olden times.
When the mourning star was beaming,
Angels sang of peaceand love;
Many souls awoke from dreaming,
Hail'd the light from Heaven above.
Wake we now to joy and gladness,
Christ the Saviour we have found:
Banish from our hearts all sadness,
And in deed of love abound.
Now the fount of good unsealing,
Let us all our souls upfull;
And, in kindly Christian feeling,
Breathe sweet peace andspeak good will.
Gladsome sound we echo still,
Peace on earth, to all good will.