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Hark, the heaven's sweet melody

Hark, the heaven's sweet melody

Author: E. H. Plumptre
Published in 11 hymnals

Representative Text

1 Hark, the Heaven's sweet melody
Echoes now on earth,
And the bands of those on high
Sing the Virgin-Birth;
What mean ye, O ye passers-by,
Share ye not their mirth.

2 Shepherds watch their flocks by night;
Angel notes they hear;
Songs of glory in the height,
Peace and love brought near;
To us they sing, through Love's dear might;
Praise to CHRIST they bear.

3 Of His Birth the bright stars tell,
Pouring floods of light;
Shepherds seek out Bethlehem's cell,
All those stars in sight;
They find the King of Heaven where dwell
Ox and ass of right.

4 There, within the manger laid,
They their LORD descry:
We that Child of Mother-maid
Sing with praises high;
With homage, LORD, thus duly paid
We to Thee draw nigh.


Source: Voices of Praise: for school and church and home #46

Author: E. H. Plumptre

Plumptre, Edward Hayes, D.D., son of Mr. E. H. Plumptre, was born in London, Aug. 6, 1821, and educated at King's College, London, and University College, Oxford, graduating as a double first in 1844. He was for some time Fellow of Brasenose. On taking Holy Orders in 1846 he rapidly attained to a foremost position as a Theologian and Preacher. His appointments have been important and influential, and include that of Assistant Preacher at Lincoln's Inn; Select Preacher at Oxford; Professor of Pastoral Theology at King's College, London; Dean of Queen's, Oxford; Prebendary in St. Paul's Cathedral, London; Professor of Exegesis of the New Testament in King's College, London; Boyle Lecturer; Grinfield Lecturer on the Septuagint, Oxford; Examine… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Hark, the heaven's sweet melody
Author: E. H. Plumptre



Instances (1 - 11 of 11)
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Offices of Worship and Hymns #729

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Sursum Corda #164

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The Catholic Hymnal #13

The Children's Hymnal (with tunes) #d80

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The Children's Hymnal with Tunes #27

The Hymns from the Children's Hymnal; with a Service, for Sunday Schools #d79

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The Liturgy and the Office of Worship and Hymns of the American Province of the Unitas Fratrum, or the Moravian Church #729

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The New Hymnary #84b

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The Sunday-School Hymnal and Service Book (Ed. A) #216

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Voices of Praise #46

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