1 At the dawning of salvation;
in the morning of the world,
Christ is raised, a living banner
by the love of God unfurled,
Through the daylight, through the darkness,
Christ leads on his great array:
all the saints and all the sinners
he has gathered on his way.
2 He is risen in the morning,
he is risen from the dead;
he is laughter after sadness,
he is light when night has fled.
He has suffered, he has triumphed,
life is his alone to give:
as he gave it once he gives it
evermore, that we may live.
3 For the glory of salvation
in the dawn of Easter day
we will praise you, loving Father;
we rejoice to sing and pray
with the Son and with the Spirit
Lead us on, your great array,
saints and siners celebrating
your triumphant love today.
The authorship of this tune is not clear, with different editors attributing the tune to different composers (or not naming one at all). See the instances list above for the different attributions.
From William J. Reynolds, Companion to Baptist Hymnal (1976):
"Nettleton first appeared as a two-part…
Display Title: At the dawning of salvationFirst Line: At the dawning of salvationTune Title: NETTLETONAuthor: Jock Curle, 1919-Meter: 188.8.131.52 DScripture: Genesis 1:1-9; Hebrews 12:1-4; John 1:1-9; John 20:1-18; Luke 7; Luke 24:1-2; Mark 16:1-14Date: 1999Subject: Celebration of Faith | ; Communion of Saints | ; Easter | ; God's Love to Us | ; Jesus Christ | Resurrection; Joy | ; Light | ; New Life in Christ | ; People of God | ; Resurrection | ; Saints Days and Holy Days | Any Saint; Salvation | ; Sunday |