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Hills of the North, Rejoice

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1 Hills of the North, rejoice,
river and mountain-spring,
hark to the advent voice;
valley and lowland, sing.
Christ comes in righteousness and love,
he brings salvation from above.

2 Isles of the Southern seas,
sing to the listening earth,
carry on every breeze
hope of a world's new birth:
In Christ shall all be made anew,
his word is sure, his promise true.

3 Lands of the East, arise,
he is your brightest morn,
greet him with joyous eyes,
praise shall his path adorn:
your seers have longed to know their Lord;
to you he comes, the final word.

4 Shores of the utmost West,
lands of the setting sun,
welcome the heavenly guest
in whom the dawn has come:
he brings a never-ending light
who triumphed o'er our darkest night.

5 Shout, as you journey home,
songs be in every mouth,
lo, from the North they come,
from East and West and South:
in Jesus all shall find their rest,
in him the universe be blest.

Source: Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #39

Author: Charles E. Oakley

Oakley, Charles Edward, M.A., born in 1832, and educated at Oxford (B.A. 1855). Entering Holy Orders in 1855, he became Rector of Wickwar in 1856, and later Rector of St. Paul's, Covent Garden. He died Sep. 15, 1865. His fine Missionary hymn, "Hills of the north, rejoice," appeared in Bp. T. V. French's Hymns adapted to the Christian Seasons, and the Hymnal Companion in 1870. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)  Go to person page >




Composed by John Darwall (b. Haughton, Staffordshire, England, 1731; d. Walsall, Staffordshire, England, 1789), DARWALL'S 148TH was first published as a setting for Psalm 148 in Aaron William's New Universal Psalmodist (1770) with only soprano and bass parts. The harmonization dates from the ninete…

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Instances (1 - 13 of 13)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #39Text
Anglican Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #307
Church Hymnal, Fifth Edition #128
Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #29
Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #282Text
Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Standard Edition #470
Hymns and Psalms: a Methodist and ecumenical hymn book #237
Hymns Old and New: New Anglican #209
Singing the Faith #172
The Book of Hymns (A fresh anthology of favourite hymns) #41
The Cyber Hymnal #2417TextScoreAudio
The New English Hymnal #7
Worship (3rd ed.) #365
Include 31 pre-1979 instances
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