Hark! hark, my soul! Angelic songs are swelling

Hark! hark, my soul! Angelic songs are swelling

Author: Frederick William Faber (1854)
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1 Hark! hark, my soul! angelic songs are swelling
O’er earth’s green fields and ocean’s wave-beat shore;
How sweet the truth those blessed strains are telling
Of that new life when sin shall be no more!

Angels of Jesus, angels of light,
Singing to welcome the pilgrims of the night!

2 Onward we go, for still we hear them singing,
'Come, weary souls, for Jesus bids you come;'
And through the dark, its echoes sweetly ringing,
The music of the Gospel leads us home. [Refrain]

3 Far, far away, like bells at evening pealing,
The voice of Jesus sounds o’er land and sea,
And laden souls, by thousands, meekly stealing,
Kind Shepherd, turn their weary steps to thee. [Refrain]

4 Rest comes at length; though life be long and dreary,
The day must dawn, and darksome night be past;
Faith’s journeys end in welcome to the weary,
And heaven, the heart’s true home, will come at last. [Refrain]

5 Angels, sing on, your faithful watches keeping,
Sing us sweet fragments of the songs above,
Till morning’s joy shall end the night of weeping,
And life’s long shadows break in cloudless love. [Refrain]

Source: Service Book and Hymnal of the Lutheran Church in America #498

Author: Frederick William Faber

Faber, Frederick William, D.D., son of Mr. T. H. Faber, was born at Calverley Vicarage, Yorkshire, June 28, 1814, and educated at Balliol College, Oxford, graduating B.A. in 1836. He was for some time a Fellow of University College, in the same University. Taking Holy Orders in 1837, he became Rector of Elton, Huntingdonshire, in 1843, but in 1846 he seceded to the Church of Rome. After residing for some time at St. Wilfrid's, Staffordshire, he went to London in 1849, and established the London "Oratorians," or, "Priests of the Congregation of St. Philip Neri," in King William Street, Strand. In 1854 the Oratory was removed to Brompton. Dr. Faber died Sept. 26, 1863. Before his secession he published several prose works, some of which were… Go to person page >


Hark, hark, my soul; Angelic songs are swelling. F. W. Faber. [Evening.] Published in his Oratory Hymns, 1854, and again in his Hymns, 1862, p. 385, in 7 stanzas of 4 lines, and entitled, "The Pilgrims of the Night." Five stanzas in an altered form were given in the Appendix to Hymns Ancient & Modern, 1868, No. 325. By this means the hymn was brought prominently before the public, and became exceedingly popular for a time. Its unreality, however, was excluded it from many of the best modern collections. In the Book of Prayer & Praise for use in Sir Jonah Mason's Orphanage, Erdington, 1883, No. 293, beginning, "Hark, hark, my soul, thy Father's voice is calling," is an imitation of this hymn. It is also in Allon's Children's Worship, 1878, No. 234. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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Church Hymnal, Fifth Edition #465

The Baptist Hymnal #675


The Cyber Hymnal #2157

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