Hark, the Voice Eternal

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1 Hark! the voice Eternal,
Robed in majesty,
Calling into being
Earth and sea and sky,
Hark! in countless numbers,
All the angel throng,
Hail creation's morning
With one burst of song.
High in regal glory,
'Mid eternal light,
Reign, O King Immortal,
Holy, Infinite.

2 Bright the world and glorious,
Calm both earth and sea,
Noble in its grandeur
Stood man's purity;
Came the great transgression,
Came the sadd'ning fall,
Death and desolation
Breathing over all.
Still in regal glory,
'Mid eternal light,
Reign'd the King Immortal,
Holy, Infinite.

3 Jesus! Lord and Master,
Prophet, Priest and King,
To Thy feet, triumphant,
Hallowed praise we bring.
Thine the pain and weeping,
Thine the victory.
Power, and praise, and honour,
Be, O Lord to Thee.
High in regal glory,
'Mid eternal light,
Reign, O King Immortal,
Holy, Infinite.

4 Brightly dawned the Advent
Of the new-born King,
Joyously the watchers
Heard the angels sing.
Sadly closed the evening
Of His hallowed life,
As the noontide darkness
Veiled the last dread strife.
Lo! again in glory,
'Mid eternal light,
Reigns the King Immortal,
Holy, Infinite.

5 Lo! again He cometh,
Robed in clouds of light,
As the Judge Eternal,
Armed with power and might.
Nations to His footstool
Gathered then shall be;
Earth shall yield her treasures,
And her dead, the sea.
Till the trumpet soundeth,
'Mid eternal light
Reign, Thou King Immortal,
Holy, Infinite.

Source: The Church Hymnal: containing hymns approved and set forth by the general conventions of 1892 and 1916; together with hymns for the use of guilds and brotherhoods, and for special occasions (Rev. ed) #35

Author: John Julian

Born: Jan­u­a­ry 27, 1839, St. Ag­nes, Corn­wall. Died: Jan­u­a­ry 22, 1913, Thirsk, York­shire, Eng­land. Educated pri­vate­ly, Ju­li­an grad­u­at­ed from Dur­ham Un­i­ver­si­ty (MA 1887), Lam­beth (DD 1894), and How­ard Un­i­ver­si­ty in Wash­ing­ton, DC (LLD 1894). He took Ho­ly Or­ders in 1866, and served as Vi­car of Win­co­bank (1876-1905) and Vi­car of Top­cliff, York­shire (1905-). How­ev­er, he is best known as a hymn­ol­o­gist. The stand­ard ref­er­ence work in this field is his ma­ssive Dic­tion­ary of Hym­nol­o­gy: Or­i­gin and His­to­ry of Chris­tian Hymns and Hymn­writ­ers of All Ag­es and Na­tions, To­ge­ther with Bi­o­graph­ic­al and Cri­ti­cal No­tic… Go to person page >

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First Line: Hark! the voice eternal
Title: Hark, the Voice Eternal
Author: John Julian (1882)
Meter: D.
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


Hark! the Voice Eternal. J. Julian. [Processional for Advent.] Written for use in the Parish Church, Wincobank, and first printed as a broadsheet. It was included shortly after in Thring's Collection, 1882, and subsequently in several hymnals in Great Britain and America. It is the most widely used of the author's hymns.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)



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