Forty days of Eastertide

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Forty days of Eastertide
Thou didst visit oft thine own;
Now by glimpses, Lord, descried,
Handled now, and proved, and known:

Known, most Merciful, yet veiled;
Else before the awful sight
Surely heart and flesh had failed,
Smitten with exceeding light.

Risen Master, fain would we,
Sharing those unearthly days,
Morn and eve, on shore and sea,
Watch thy movements, mark thy ways;

Catch by faith each glad surprise
Of thy footsteps drawing nigh;
Hear thy sudden greeting rise,
"Peace be to you! It is I!"

Secrets of thy kingdom learn,
Read the vision open spread,
Feel thy word within us burn,
Know thee in the broken Bread.

So thy glory's skirts beside,
Gently led from grace to grace,
We thy coming may abide,
And adore thee face to face.

Amen.



Source: The Hymnal: as authorized and approved by the General Convention of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America in the year of our Lord 1916 #180

Author: Jackson Mason

Mason, Jackson, M.A., son of William Mason, Vicar of Normanton, was born at Normanton Vicarage, in 1833; and educated at Trinity College, Cambridge; B.A. 1856. Ordained in 1858, he was Curate of Cantley, Yorkshire, 1858-59; Vicar of Pickhill, 1859-83; and Vicar of Settle from 1883 to his death, 1889. His Rhythm of Bernard de Morlaix, in English, was published in 1880. This work also contains translations of a few Latin hymns. To the 1889 Supplemental Hymns to Hymns Ancient & Modern, he contributed four translations from the Latin, one from the Greek, and the following original hymns:— (1) "Forty days Thy seer of old." (Easter.) (2) "O Voice of the Beloved." (Easter.) --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)… Go to person page >

Author: John Mason

Mason, John. The known facts of his life are scanty. He was the son of a Dissenting Minister, and the grandfather of John Mason, the author of A Treatise on Self-Knowledge. He was educated at Strixton School, Northants, and Clare Hall, Cambridge. After taking his M.A., he became Curate of Isham; and in 1668, Vicar of Stantonbury, Bucks. A little more than five years afterwards he was appointed Rector of Water-Stratford. Here he composed the volume containing The Songs of Praise, his paraphrase of The Song of Solomon, and the Poem on Dives and Lazarus, with which Shepherd's Penitential Cries was afterwards bound up. This volume passed through twenty editions. Besides the Songs of Praise, it contains six Penitential Cries by Mason, and it i… Go to person page >

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First Line: Forty days of Eastertide
Author: John Mason (1889)
Author: Jackson Mason
Language: English

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