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Hail the sign, the sign of Jesus

Hail the sign, the sign of Jesus

Author: S. Baring-Gould
Tune: GROOMBRIDGE (Whitwell)
Published in 5 hymnals

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1. Hail the Sign, the Sign of Jesus,
Bright and royal Tree!
Standard of the Monarch, planted
First on Calvary!

Hail the Sign all signs excelling,
Hail the Sign all ills dispelling,
Hail the Sign hell’s power quelling,
Cross of Christ, all hail!

2. Sign the martyrs’ strength and refuge,
Sign to saints so dear!
Sign of evil men abhorrèd,
Sign which devils fear: [Refrain]

3. Sign which, when the Lord returneth,
In the heavens shall be;
Sinners quail, while saints with rapture
Shall the vision see: [Refrain]

4. Lo, I sign the Cross of Jesus
Meekly on my breast;
May it guard my heart when living,
Dying be its rest: [Refrain]

5. In the name of God the Father,
Name of God the Son,
Name of God the blessèd Spirit,
Ever Three in One: [Refrain]

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #2108

Author: S. Baring-Gould

Baring-Gould, Sabine, M.A., eldest son of Mr. Edward Baring-Gould, of Lew Trenchard, Devon, b. at Exeter, Jan. 28, 1834, and educated at Clare College, Cambridge, B.A. 1857, M.A. 1860. Taking Holy Orders in 1864, he held the curacy of Horbury, near Wakefield, until 1867, when he was preferred to the incumbency of Dalton, Yorks. In 1871 he became rector of East Mersea, Essex, and in 1881 rector of Lew Trenchard, Devon. His works are numerous, the most important of which are, Lives of the Saints, 15 vols., 1872-77; Curious Myths of the Middle Ages, 2 series, 1866-68; The Origin and Development of Religious Belief, 2 vols., 1869-1870; and various volumes of sermons. His hymns, original and translated, appeared in the Church Times; Hymns Ancien… Go to person page >

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First Line: Hail the sign, the sign of Jesus
Author: S. Baring-Gould
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


Hail the sign, the sign of Jesus. S. Baring-Gould. [Missions.] Written in 1866, and first printed in the Church Times, 1866. In 1867 it was included in the People's Hymnal, and subsequently in other collections.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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