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O Fairest-born of Love and Light

O Fairest-born of Love and Light

Author: John Greenleaf Whittier
Published in 16 hymnals

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1 Oh, fairest-born of Love and Light!
Yet bending brow and eye severe
On all which pains the holy sight,
Or wounds the pure and perfect ear--

2 Beneath thy broad, impartial eye,
How fade the lines of caste and birth!
How equal in their sufferings lie
The groaning multitudes of earth!

3 Still to a stricken brother true,
Whatever clime hath nourished him;
As stooped to heal the wounded Jew,
The worshiper of Gerizim.

4 In holy words which can not die,
In thoughts which angels learned to know,
Christ gave thy message from on high,
Thy mission to a world of woe.

5 That voice's echo hath not died;
From the blue lake of Galilee,
From Tabor's lonely mountain-side,
It calls a struggling world to thee.

Source: The Voice of Praise: a collection of hymns for the use of the Methodist Church #806

Author: John Greenleaf Whittier

Whittier, John Greenleaf, the American Quaker poet, was born at Haverhill, Massachusetts, Dec. 17, 1807. He began life as a farm-boy and shoemaker, and subsequently became a successful journalist, editor and poet. In 1828 he became editor of the American Manufacturer (Boston), in 1830 of the New England Review, and an 1836 (on becoming Secretary to the American Anti-Slavery Society) of the Pennsylvania Freeman. He was also for some time, beginning with 1847, the corresponding editor of the National Era. In 1840 he removed to Amesbury, Massachusetts, where most of his later works have been written. At the present time [1890] he lives alternately at Amesbury and Boston. His first poetical piece was printed in the Newburyport Free Press in 182… Go to person page >

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First Line: O Fairest-born of Love and Light
Author: John Greenleaf Whittier



Instances (1 - 16 of 16)

A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion (15th ed.) #181

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A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion. (10th ed.) #181

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Church Harmonies #375

Hymn and Tune Book for the Church and the Home and Services for Congregational Worship. Rev. ed. #d460

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Hymn and Tune Book for the Church and the Home. (Rev. ed.) #401

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Hymnal for Christian Science Church and Sunday School Services #89

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Hymns for the Church of Christ (3rd thousand) #466

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Hymns for the Church of Christ. (6th thousand) #466

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Hymns of the Spirit #654

Jubilate Deo, a Book of Hymns and Tunes for Young and Old #d192

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Plymouth Collection of Hymns and Tunes; for the use of Christian Congregations #1305

Prayers and Hymns for the Church and the Home #d441

Songs of the Unity #d133

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The Baptist Hymn and Tune Book #1305

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The Gospel Psalmist #269

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The Voice of Praise #806

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