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Hues of the rich unfolding morn

Hues of the rich unfolding morn

Author: John Keble
Published in 1 hymnal

Author: John Keble

Keble, John, M.A., was born at Fairford, in Gloucestershire, on St. Mark's Day, 1792. His father was Vicar of Coln St. Aldwin's, about three miles distant, but lived at Fairford in a house of his own, where he educated entirely his two sons, John and Thomas, up to the time of their entrance at Oxford. In 1806 John Keble won a Scholarship at Corpus Christi College, and in 1810 a Double First Class, a distinction which up to that time had been gained by no one except Sir Robert Peel. In 1811 he was elected a Fellow of Oriel, a very great honour, especially for a boy under 19 years of age; and in 1811 he won the University Prizes both for the English and Latin Essays. It is somewhat remarkable that amid this brilliantly successful career,… Go to person page >

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First Line: Hues of the rich unfolding morn
Author: John Keble


Hues of the rich unfolding morn. J. Keble. [Morning.] Written Sept. 20, 1822, and first published in his Christian Year, 1827, as the opening poem, in 16 stanzas of 4 lines. From it the following centos have come into common use:—
1. Hues of the rich unfolding morn. (stanza i.) In a few collections.
2. O! timely happy, timely wise. (stanza v.) This is in a large number of hymn-books.
3. New every morning is the love. (stanza vi.) This cento of various lengths is in extensive use in Great Britain and America, and, as a hymn, it ranks as one of the most popular of Keble's compositions. This is translated into Latin by K. Bingham, in his Hymnologia Christiana Latina, 1871, as "Omni oriente die lecto quum surgimus, horas."
4. If on our daily course our mind. (stanza viii.) In several collections.
5. At for some dear familiar strain. (stanza x.) In limited use.
The whole poem was given in Dr. Martineau's Hymns, &c, 1840; and again in his Hymns of Praise & Prayer, 1873.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)