Fair are the feet which bring the news. J. Mason. [Missions.] First published in his Spiritual Songs; or, Songs of Praise, 1683, p. 36, as "A Song of Praise for a Gospel Ministry," in 5 stanzas of 8 lines. (Sedgwick's reprint, 1859, p. 26). In its full form it is unknown to modern hymn-books. The following centos therefrom are in common use:—
1. Fair are the feet which bring the news. In Longfellow and Johnson's Hymns of the Spirit, Boston, U.S., 1864, No. 343 is compiled from stanzas i., iii. and iv., considerably altered.
2. Bless'd are the feet which bring the news. This was given in Bickersteth's Christian Psalmody, 1833, No. 429, and is altered from stanzas i., iii.-v.
3. How blest the feet which bring the news. In Hall's Mitre, 1836, No. 117 is stanzas i., v. altered.
4. How beautiful the feet that bring. This altered form of stanzas i.—iii., v. is by the Rev. J. Keble. It was given in the Salisbury Hymn Book, 1857, No. 188, the Sarum Hymnal, 1868, Kennedy, 1863, and others.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
|Instances (1 - 9 of 9)||Title||First Line||Tune||Tune Key||Author||Meter||Scripture||Date||Subject||Source|
|Hymnal Amore Dei #200||Fair are the feet that [which] bring [brings] the news||John Mason||1897|
|Hymnal, Amore Dei #200||Fair are the feet that bring the news||Anon.||1890|
|Hymns of the Spirit #343||Fair are the feet that bring the news||1864|
|National Hymn and Tune Book: for congregations, schools and the home #322||Fair are the feet that bring the news||1875|
|The Bible Hymn Book #d49||Fair are the feet that [which] bring [brings] the news||John Mason||1860|
|The Hill School Hymnal and Service Book #d37||Fair are the feet that [which] bring [brings] the news||John Mason||1920|
|The St. Alban Hymnal #d89||Fair are the feet that [which] bring [brings] the news||John Mason||1921|
|Unity Hymns and Chorals. Rev and enl. with Service Elements #d50||Fair are the feet that [which] bring [brings] the news||John Mason||1913|
|Unity Services and Songs #S8b||Fair are the feet that bring the news||1894|