Hail the blest morn, see the great Mediator

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Hail the blest morn, see the great Mediator,
Down from the regions of glory descend!
Shepherds, go worship the babe in the manger,
Lo, for his guard the bright angels attend.

Cold on his cradle the dewdrops are shining;
Low lies his bed with the beasts of the stall;
Angels adore him, in slumbers reclining,
Wise men and shepherds before him do fall.

Say, shall we yield him, in costly devotion,
Odors of Eden and offerings divine?
Gems from the mountain, and pearls from the ocean,
Myrrh from the forest, and gold from the mine?

Vainly we offer each ample oblation;
Vainly with gold we his favor secure;
Richer by far is the heart's adoration;
Dearer to God are the prayers of the poor.

Brightest and best of the sons of the morning,
Dawn on our darkness and lend us thine aid;
Star of the East, the horizon adorning,
Guide where our infant Redeemer is laid.

Source: The Southern Harmony, and Musical Companion (New ed. thoroughly rev. and much enl.) #16

Author: Reginald Heber

Reginald Heber was born in 1783 into a wealthy, educated family. He was a bright youth, translating a Latin classic into English verse by the time he was seven, entering Oxford at 17, and winning two awards for his poetry during his time there. After his graduation he became rector of his father's church in the village of Hodnet near Shrewsbury in the west of England where he remained for 16 years. He was appointed Bishop of Calcutta in 1823 and worked tirelessly for three years until the weather and travel took its toll on his health and he died of a stroke. Most of his 57 hymns, which include "Holy, Holy, Holy," are still in use today. -- Greg Scheer, 1995… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Hail the blest morn, see the great Mediator
Author: Reginald Heber
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


"Hail the [thou] blest morn, see [when] the great Mediator" is an anonymous text which, in the (Fasola) shapenote tunebook traditions of the United States is frequently prefixed to Reginald Heber's Epiphany hymn, "Brightest and best of the sons of the morning". Heber's first stanza is sometimes set as the second stanza of the hymn, but perhaps more frequently cast as a refrain to this stanza and the remainder of Heber's. A number of significant tunes originated with this version of the hymn, but are sometimes set with Heber's original stanzas.



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