Hark, A Joyful Voice Is Thrilling

Representative Text

1 Hark, a joyful voice is thrilling,
And each dim and winding way
Of the ancient temple filling;
Dreams, depart! for it is day.

2 Christ is coming—from thy bed
Earth-bound soul, awake and spring—
With the sun new-risen to shed
Health on human suffering.

3 Lo! to grant a pardon free,
Comes a willing Lamb from Heav’n;
Sad and tearful, hasten we,
One and all, to be forgiv’n.

4 Once again He comes in light
Girding earth with fear and woe;
Lord! be Thou our loving might,
From our guilt and ghastly foe.

5 To the Father, and the Son,
And the Spirit, who in Heav’n
Ever witness, Three and One,
Praise on earth be ever giv’n.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #14156

Author (attributed to): St. Ambrose

Ambrose (b. Treves, Germany, 340; d. Milan, Italy, 397), one of the great Latin church fathers, is remembered best for his preaching, his struggle against the Arian heresy, and his introduction of metrical and antiphonal singing into the Western church. Ambrose was trained in legal studies and distinguished himself in a civic career, becoming a consul in Northern Italy. When the bishop of Milan, an Arian, died in 374, the people demanded that Ambrose, who was not ordained or even baptized, become the bishop. He was promptly baptized and ordained, and he remained bishop of Milan until his death. Ambrose successfully resisted the Arian heresy and the attempts of the Roman emperors to dominate the church. His most famous convert and disciple w… Go to person page >

Translator: John Henry Newman

Newman, John Henry , D.D. The hymnological side of Cardinal Newman's life and work is so small when compared with the causes which have ruled, and the events which have accompanied his life as a whole, that the barest outline of biographical facts and summary of poetical works comprise all that properly belongs to this work. Cardinal Newman was the eldest son of John Newman, and was born in London, Feb. 21, 1801. He was educated at Ealing under Dr. John Nicholas, and at Trinity College, Oxford, where he graduated in honours in 1820, and became a Fellow of Oriel in 1822. Taking Holy Orders in 1824, he was for a short time Vice-Principal of St. Alban's Hall, and then Tutor of Oriel. His appointment to St. Mary's, Oxford, was in the spring of… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Hark, a joyful voice is thrilling
Title: Hark, A Joyful Voice Is Thrilling
Latin Title: Vox Clara Ecce Redarguit
Author (attributed to): St. Ambrose
Translator: John Henry Newman
Source: Tr.: Verses on Religious Subjects (Dublin: James Duffy, 1853)
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



This story is associated with the writing of RATHBUN: One Sunday in 1849 Ithamar Conkey (b. Shutesbury, MA, 1815; d. Elizabeth, NJ, 1867) walked out of the morning service at Central Baptist Church, Norwich, Connecticut, where he was choir director and organist, frustrated because only one soprano f…

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