Grato es decir la historia

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1 Grato es decir la historia
del celestial favor,
de Cristo y de su gloria,
de Cristo y de su amor;
Me agrada referirla,
pues sé que es la verdad;
y nada satisface
cual ella, mi ansiedad.

¡Cuán bella es esa historia!
Mi tema allá en la gloria
será la antigua historia
de cristo y de su amor.

2 Grato es decir la historia
que brilla cual fanal,
y en glorias y portentos
no reconoce igual;
Me agrada referirla,
pues me hace mucho bien;
por eso a ti deseo
decírtela también. [Coro]

3 Grato es decir la historia
que antigua, sin vejez,
parece al repetirla
más dulce cada vez;
Me agrada referirla,
pues hay quien nunca oyó
que para hacerle salvo
el buen Jesús murió. [Coro]

Source: Celebremos Su Gloria #468

Author: Kate Hankey

Arabella Katherine Hankey (b. Clapham, England, 1834; d. Westminster, London, England, 1911) was the daughter of a wealthy banker and was associated with the Clapham sect of William Wilberforce, a group of prominent evangelical Anglicans from the Clapham area. This group helped to establish the British and Foreign Bible Society, promoted the abolition of slavery, and was involved in improving the lot of England's working classes. Hankey taught Bible classes for shop girls in London, visited the sick in local hospitals, and used the proceeds of her writings to support various mission causes. Her publications include Heart to Heart (1870) and The Old, Old Story and Other Verses (1879). Bert Polman… Go to person page >

Translator: Juan Bautista Cabrera Ivars

Juan Bautista Cabrera Ivars was born in Benisa, Spain, April 23, 1837. He attended seminary in Valencia, studying Hebrew and Greek, and was ordained as a priest. He fled to Gibraltar in 1863 due to religious persecution where he abandoned Catholicism. He worked as a teacher and as a translator. One of the works he translated was E.H. Brown's work on the thirty-nine articles of the Anglican Church, which was his introduction to Protestantism. He was a leader of a Spanish Reformed Church in Gibraltar. He continued as a leader in this church when he returned to Spain after the government of Isabel II fell, but continued to face legal difficulties. He then organized the Spanish Reformed Episcopal Church and was consecrated as bishop in 1894. He… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Grato es contar la historia
Title: Grato es decir la historia
English Title: I love to tell the story
Author: Kate Hankey
Translator: Juan Bautista Cabrera Ivars
Meter: D with refrain
Language: Spanish
Refrain First Line: ¡Cuán bella es esta historia!
Copyright: Public Domain


HANKEY (Fischer)

HANKEY has many characteristics of a gospel song: stepwise melodic motion, verse refrain form, and simple harmony. After hearing both hymn texts from Hankey's poems quoted by one of the speakers at an 1867 YMCA convention in Montreal, Quebec, gospel hymn writer William H. Doane (PHH 473) was inspire…

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Cáliz de Bendiciones #56

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Celebremos Su Gloria #468

Himnario Adventista del Séptimo Día #302

Mil Voces para Celebrar #56

Praise y Adoración #315b


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