Night's Canopy Over Judea Now Hung

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1 Night’s canopy over Judea now hung;
The harp of the minstrel lay still and unstrung;
The shepherds together sat watching the fold,
While round them reigned darkness and silence and cold.

2 And now, in their midst, shines an angel of light—
Quick vanishes fear at the radiant sight!
And hark, in the words of their own native tongue,
"Good tidings of joy" by the angel are sung!

3 "This day, in the city of David is born
A Savior, whose birth is redemption’s glad morn;
No longer through darkness and doubt shall ye grope,
In Bethlehem’s manger lies Israel’s hope!"

4 A chorus angelic re-echoes in Heav’n
The glorious news to the meek shepherds giv’n—
"Peace, peace and good will unto earth!" is their song,
While praises to God the long pæn prolong.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #14206

Author: Elizabeth C. Kinney

Kinney, Elizabeth Clementine, née Dodge, born at New York, Dec. 18, 1810, and married first to E. C. Stedman, and second to W. B. Kinney. Her hymn "Jesus, Saviour, pass not by" (Salvation desired), appeared in the Songs of Christian Praise, N. Y., 1880. Died in 1889. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)… Go to person page >

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First Line: Night's canopy over Judea now hung
Title: Night's Canopy Over Judea Now Hung
Author: Elizabeth C. Kinney
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



ST. DENIO is based on "Can mlynedd i nawr" ("A Hundred Years from Now"), a traditional Welsh ballad popular in the early nineteenth century. It was first published as a hymn tune in John Roberts's Caniadau y Cyssegr (Hymns of the Sanctuary, 1839). The tune title refers to St. Denis, the patron saint…

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