Hark! hark, my soul! Angelic songs are swelling

Hark! hark, my soul! Angelic songs are swelling

Author: Frederick William Faber (1854)
Published in 423 hymnals

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1 Hark, hark, my soul, what warlike songs are swelling
Through all the land and on from door to door;
How grand the truths those burning strains are telling
Of that great war till sin shall be no more.

Salvation Army, Army of God,
Onward to conquer the world with fire and blood.
Onward to conquer the world with fire and blood.

2 Onward we go, the world shall hear our singing:
Come guilty souls, for Jesus bids you come;
And through the dark its echoes, loudly ringing,
Shall lead the wretched, lost and wandering home.

3 Far, far away, like thunder grandly pealing,
We’ll send the call for mercy full and free,
And burdened souls, by thousands humbly kneeling,
Shall yield, dear Lord, their contrite hearts to thee.

4 Conquerors at last, though long the fight and dreary!
Bright days shall dawn and sin’s dark night be past;
Our battles end in saving sinners weary,
And Satan’s kingdom down shall fall at last.

Source: The Song Book of the Salvation Army #802

Author: Frederick William Faber

Raised in the Church of England, Frederick W. Faber (b. Calverly, Yorkshire, England, 1814; d. Kensington, London, England, 1863) came from a Huguenot and strict Calvinistic family background. He was educated at Balliol College, Oxford, and ordained in the Church of England in 1839. Influenced by the teaching of John Henry Newman, Faber followed Newman into the Roman Catholic Church in 1845 and served under Newman's supervision in the Oratory of St. Philip Neri. Because he believed that Roman Catholics should sing hymns like those written by John Newton, Charles Wesley, and William Cowpe, Faber wrote 150 hymns himself. One of his best known, "Faith of Our Fathers," originally had these words in its third stanza: "Faith of Our Fathers! Mary'… 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)



Instances (1 - 6 of 6)

African Methodist Episcopal Church Hymnal #485

Church Hymnal, Fifth Edition #465

Church Hymnal, Mennonite #533

The Baptist Hymnal #675


The Cyber Hymnal #2157


The Song Book of the Salvation Army #802

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