Hark! what mean those holy voices

Representative Text

1 Hark! what mean those holy voices
Sweetly sounding through the skies?
Lo, th' angelic host rejoices,
Heavenly hallelujahs rise.

2 Listen to the wondrous story,
Which they chant in hymns of joy,
"Glory in the highest, glory!
Glory be to God most high!

3 "Peace on earth, good-will from heaven,
Reaching far as man is found;
Souls redeem'd and sins forgiven,
Loud our golden harps shall sound.

4 "Christ is born; the great Anointed!
Heaven and earth His praises sing!
O receive Whom God appointed,
For your Prophet, Priest, and King!

5 "Hasten, mortals, to adore Him;
Learn His Name to magnify,
Till in heaven ye sing before Him,
Glory be to God most high!"

Hymnal: according to the use of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America, 1871

Author: John Cawood

John Cawood was born in 1775, at Matlock, Derbyshire, where his father carried on a small farm. He enjoyed very limited educational advantages. At the age of eighteen he occupied a menial position. But seeking every opportunity of self improvement, and aided by those who interested themselves in his behalf, he was enabled in 1797 to enter S. Edmund Hall, Oxford, and obtained his B.A. in 1801, and his M.A. in 1807. He was ordained in 1801, and most of his life in the ministry was spent as perpetual Curate of S. Ann's Chapel of Ease, Bewdley, Worcestershire. He died in 1852. He published several prose works, but no volume of hymns or poems. His son says, "My father composed about thirteen hymns, which have one by one got into print, th… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Hark! what mean those holy voices
Author: John Cawood (1819)
Language: English


Hark! what mean those holy voices. J. Cawood. [Christmas.] This popular hymn appeared in 1819 in the 8th edition of Cotterill's Selection, No. 269, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines, with the refrain, "Hallelujah." In common with all the hymns in that Selection it was unsigned; but when republished by J. Montgomery in his Christian Psalmist, 1825, it was attributed to "Cawood." In some works, and collections, it is dated 1816; but in J. Cawood's son's correspondence with D. Sedgwick, it is undated [S. MSS.], and failing further information, it mutt remain as 1819. Of all Cawood's hymns this is the most popular. It is in extensive use in Great Britain and America. Original text in Snepp's Songs of Grace & Glory, 1872, No. 205, with "glory sing" for "praises sing" in stanza iv., line 2. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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