Hail, All Hail the Joyful Morn

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1 Hail, all hail the joyful morn!
Tell it forth from earth to Heaven,
That "to us a Child is born,"
That "to us a Son is given."

2 Angels bending from the sky,
Chanted at the wondrous birth,
"Glory be to God on high
Peace, good-will to man on earth."

3 Him prophetic strains proclaim
King of kings, the Incarnate Word;
Great and wonderful His name,
Prince of Peace, the Mighty God.

4 Join we then our feeble lays,
To the chorus of the sky;
And, in songs of grateful praise,
Glory give to God on high.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #10209

Author: Harriet Auber

Auber, Harriet, daughter of Mr. James Auber, b. in London, Oct. 4, 1773. During the greater part of her quiet and secluded life she resided at Broxbourne and Hoddesdon, Herts, and died at the latter place on the 20th Jan., 1862. Miss Auber wrote devotional and other poetry, but only a portion of the former was published in her Spirit of the Psalms, in 1829. This collection is mainly her work, and from it some useful versions of the Psalms have been taken and included in modern hymn-books, about 20 appearing in Spurgeon's Our Own Hymn Book, 1866. Miss Auber's name is widely known, but it is principally through her exquisite lyric, "Our blest Redeemer, ere He breathed," and the Epiphany hymn, "Bright was the guiding star that led." (For criti… Go to person page >

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First Line: Hail, all hail the joyful morn
Title: Hail, All Hail the Joyful Morn
Author: Harriet Auber
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


Hail, all hail, the joyful morn. Harriet Auber. [Christmas.] First published in her Spirit of the Psalms, 1829, p. 139, in 4 stanzas of 4 lines. In the Oberlin Manual of Praise, 1880, No. 164, stanzas ii., iii. are given as, "Angels bending from the sky." The full text is given in Hymns & Songs of Praise, N. Y., 1874, No. 372.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)




The tune is from the second chorus of Felix Mendelssohn's (PHH 279) Festgesang (Op. 68) for male voices and brass; it was first performed in 1840 at the Gutenberg Festival in Leipzig, a festival celebrating the anniversary of Gutenberg's invention of the printing press. Mendelssohn's tune is similar…

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