Zion's Glad Morning

Representative Text

1 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 a guard the bright angels attend.

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.

2 Cold on his cradle the dewdrops are shining,
Low lies his head with the beasts of the stall;
Angels adore him in slumber reclining,
Maker and Monarch and Savior of all. [Refrain]

3 Shall we not yield him in costly devotion,
Odors of Eden, and offerings divine,
Gems of the mountain, and pearls of the ocean,
Myrrh from the forest, and gold from the mine? [Refrain]

4 Vainly we offer each ample oblation,
Vainly with gifts would his favor secure;
Richer by far is the heart's adoration,
Dearer to God are the prayers of the poor. [Refrain]

Source: Worship in Song: A Friends Hymnal #77

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
Title: Zion's Glad Morning
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.



First published by John H. Hickok in his Sacred Harp, 1832, for two parts: Tenor and Bass.Barry Johnston

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[Hail the blest morn when the great Mediator]



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Church Hymnal, Mennonite #99

Hymnal #221


Worship in Song #77

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