Hail To The Virgin Born

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1 Hail! to the virgin born,
The Prince of life and light;
Hail! to the bright and glorious morn
Revealing Him to sight.

2 Hail! to the Lamb of God,
The spring of health and peace,
Who came to gladden man’s abode,
The captive to release.

3 Hail! to the promised seed
Of Israel’s favored race;
Who came His chosen band to lead
To God’s own dwelling place.

4 Hail! to the Lord and Son
Of David’s royal house;
The God of Heaven earth’s veil puts on,
The Heaven of Heavens He bows.

5 Hail! the expected Christ,
Let Heaven’s wide arches ring
With glory to our great high priest,
Our prophet and our king.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #8335

Author: David T. K. Drummond

Drummond, David Thomas Kerr, B.A., youngest son of James Eutherford Drummond, of Stragreath, Perthshire, was born at Edinburgh, Aug. 25, 1805. After studying at the University of Edinburgh, he went to Oxford, where he graduated B.A. He was ordained Priest in 1831, and, after serving various cures, became, in 1838, joint minister of Trinity Episcopal Church, Dean Bridge, Edinburgh. He resigned his charge and severed his connection with the Scottish Episcopal Church in 1843, when he became the minister of a church built for him (St. Thomas's English Episcopal Church, Edinburgh), where he continued to minister to a large arid influential congregation until his death. He died at Pitlochry, Perthshire, June 9, 1877. His hymns appeared to the num… Go to person page >

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First Line: Hail! to the virgin born
Title: Hail To The Virgin Born
Author: David T. K. Drummond
Source: The Church of England Hymn-Book (new ed.) (Edinburgh: William Oliphant & Sons, 1838)
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



Although this tune is widely attributed to Isaac Smith and was published in Smiths Collection of Psalm Tunes, London, ca. 1780, Smith does not claim to be the composer. The tune also appeared in other books of similar or earlier date. Southern Harmony, 1835 attributes the tune to J. Street. - From T…

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