Blest morning! whose first dawning raysAuthor: Isaac Watts
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Blest morning, whose young dawning rays
Beheld our rising God,
That saw him triumph o'er the dust,
And leave his dark abode!
In the cold prison of a tomb
The dead Redeemer lay,
Till the revolving skies had brought
The third, th' appointed day.
Hell and the grave unite their force
To hold our God in vain;
The sleeping Conqueror arose,
And burst their feeble chain.
To thy great name, almighty Lord,
These sacred hours we pay;
And loud hosannahs shall proclaim
The triumph of the day.
[Salvation and immortal praise
To our victorious King;
Let heav'n, and earth, and rocks, and seas,
With glad hosannahs ring.]
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|Source:||Hymns and Spiritual Songs, 1707-9, Book II, number 72|
Bless'd morning! whose young, dawning rays. I. Watts. [Sunday—Easter.] Appeared in his Hymns, &c, 1707 (1709, Book ii., No. 72), in 5 stanzas of 4 lines, and entitled, "The Lord's Day: or, The Resurrection of Christ." The arrangements of this hymn in common use are:—
(1.) The original. Very limited.
(2.) "Blessed morning” &c, as in Dr. Hatfield's American Church Hymn Book, N. Y., 1872, with the change in stanza i., line 4, of "last abode," to "dark abode."
(3.) "Blest morning," &c. This opening, sometimes followed by two or three slight alterations and the omission of stanza v., is the most popular form of the text both in Great Britain and America.
(4.) "Blest morning," &c, in the Hymnary, 1872, No. 13. This is very considerably altered.
In addition to these, in 1781, this hymn was added with alterations, as "Hymn IV.," to the Scottish Translations & Paraphrases. It opens "Blest morning ! Whose first dawning rays." The author of this recast is unknown.
-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
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|The Cyber Hymnal #597||Blest Morning, Whose Young Dawning Rays||Blest morning, whose young dawning rays||LANESBORO||Isaac Watts||CM||<cite>Hymns and Spiritual Songs</cite>, 1707-9, Book II, number 72|