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A day, a day of glory

A day, a day of glory

Author: John Mason Neale
Published in 2 hymnals

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1. A day, a day of glory!
A day that ends our woe!
A day that tells of triumph
Against our vanquished foe!
Yield, summer’s brightest sunrise,
To this December morn:
Lift up your gates, ye princes,
And let the child be born!

2. With Gloria in excelsis
Archangels tell their mirth:
With Kyrie elëyson
Men answer upon earth:
And angels swell the triumph,
And mortals raise the horn,
Lift up your gates, ye princes,
And let the Child be born.

3. He comes, His throne the manger;
He comes, His shrine the stall;
The ox and ass His courtiers,
Who made and governs all:
The House of Bread His birth-place,
The Prince of wine and corn:
Lift up your gates, ye princes,
And let the child be born.

4. Then bar the gates, that henceforth
None thus may passage win,
Because the Prince of Israel
Alone hath entered in:
The earth, the sky, the ocean
His glorious way adorn:
Lift up your gates, ye princes,
And let the child be born.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #1167

Author: John Mason Neale

John M. Neale's life is a study in contrasts: born into an evangelical home, he had sympathies toward Rome; in perpetual ill health, he was incredibly productive; of scholarly tem­perament, he devoted much time to improving social conditions in his area; often ignored or despised by his contemporaries, he is lauded today for his contributions to the church and hymnody. Neale's gifts came to expression early–he won the Seatonian prize for religious poetry eleven times while a student at Trinity College, Cambridge, England. He was ordained in the Church of England in 1842, but ill health and his strong support of the Oxford Movement kept him from ordinary parish ministry. So Neale spent the years between 1846 and 1866 as a warden of Sackvi… Go to person page >

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First Line: A day, a day of glory
Author: John Mason Neale


A day, a day of glory. J. M. Neale. [Christmas.] A carol written expressly for E. Sedding's Antient Christmas Carols, 1860. It is No. 6 of the “Christmas Carole," in 4 stanzas of 8 lines. In 1867 it was reprinted in the People's Hymnal, No. 29.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)


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