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Morning Glory, Starlit Sky

Representative Text

1 Morning glory, starlit sky,
soaring music, scholars' truth,
flight of swallows, autumn leaves,
memory's treasure, grace of youth:

2 open are the gifts of God,
gifts of love to mind and sense;
hidden is love's agony,
love's endeavour, love's expense.

3 Love that gives, gives ever more,
gives with zeal, with eager hands,
spares not, keeps not, all outpours,
ventures all, its all expends.

4 Drained is love in making full,
bound in setting others free,
poor in making many rich,
weak in giving power to be.

5 Therefore he who shows us God
helpless hangs upon the tree;
and the nails and crown of thorns
tell of what God's love must be.

6 Here is God: no monarch he,
throned in easy state to reign;
here is God, whose arms of love
aching, spent, the world sustain.

Source: Together in Song: Australian hymn book II #174

Author: W. H. Vanstone

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Tune

SONG 13

Orlando Gibbons (PHH 167) composed SONG 13 in soprano and bass parts. Used as a setting for a text from the Song of Songs, the tune was published in George Withers' Hymnes and Songs of the Church (1623) as hymn number 13 (hence the tune name). As in other hymnals, the melody is presented in a simpli…

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BINGHAM (Sheets)


MONKLAND

The tune MONKLAND has a fascinating if complex history. Rooted in a tune for the text "Fahre fort" in Johann A. Freylinghausen's (PHH 34) famous hymnal, Geistreiches Gesangbuch (1704), it then was significantly altered by John Antes (b. Frederick, PA, 1740; d. Bristol, England, 1811) in a Moravian m…

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Timeline

Instances

Instances (1 - 16 of 16)

A New Hymnal for Colleges and Schools #29

Ancient and Modern #544a

Ancient and Modern #544b

Anglican Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #509

Page Scan

Common Praise #259

Hymnal 1982 #585

Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Standard Edition #496

New English Praise #608a

New English Praise #608b

Rejoice in the Lord #351

Singing the Faith #12

Audio

The United Methodist Hymnal #194

The United Methodist Hymnal Music Supplement #238

The United Methodist Hymnal Music Supplement #239

Text

Together in Song #174

Worship (3rd ed.) #587

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