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Is it not strange, the darkest hour

Is it not strange, the darkest hour

Author: John Keble
Published in 7 hymnals

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: Is it not strange, the darkest hour
Author: John Keble


Is it not strange the.darkest hour? J. Keble. [Good Friday.] Published in his Christian Year, 1827, in 10 stanzas of 6 lines. In the American Unitarian Hymns for the Church of Christ, ]853, several lines of this poem are adapted to form a L.M. hymn of 4 stanzas of 4 lines, beginning with Keble's first line. This cento was repeated in the Boston Hymn and Tune Book, 1868. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)



Instances (1 - 7 of 7)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Hymn and Tune Book for the Church and the Home and Services for Congregational Worship. Rev. ed. #d320
Hymn and Tune Book for the Church and the Home. (Rev. ed.) #395Page Scan
Hymn and Tune Book, for the Church and the Home #421Page Scan
Hymns for Public Worship #322Page Scan
Hymns for the Church of Christ (3rd thousand) #321Page Scan
Hymns for the Church of Christ. (6th thousand) #321Page Scan
Worship in Song: a selection of hymns and tunes for the Service of the Sanctuary #523Page Scan
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