O tell us, ye that from your home

O tell us, ye that from your home

Author: John Henry Hopkins
Tune: [O tell us, ye that from your home]
Published in 6 hymnals

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1 O tell us, ye that from your home,
In fertile Mesopotamia come,
Ye Parthians, Medes, and Persians, say,
What wondrous rapture is yours today?
O tell us why your voices ring,
And all so joyfully, cheerily, merrily sing?

2 Refrain
“In our own tongues, sublime and clear,
The Gospel’s glorious sound we hear,
How Jesus died, and rose again,
And poureth His Spirit on all men.”
Hallelujah, Hallelujah,
Hallelujah. Amen.

3 Ye pilgrims from the Aegaean Sea,
And Phrygian valleys of song and glee,—
From where the stormy Pontus roars,
To rude Pamphylia’s rugged shores.
O tell us why your voices ring,
And all so joyfully, cheerily, merrily sing?

4 Ye swarthy sons of Father Nile,
And ye from many a sea-girt isle,
From warm Cyrene’s luscious land,
And Libyan deserts of drifting sand.
O tell us why your voices ring,
And all so joyfully, cheerily, merrily sing?

5 Ye cohorts bold, that hither come
From proud, imperial, splendid Rome,
What tidings can a Jew impart
That thus can ravish a Roman heart?
O tell us why your voices ring,
And all so joyfully, cheerily, merrily sing?

6 O say, ye lusty Cretans, who
Sail o’er the Mediterranean blue,
And ye who on your camels bear
Rich freight of Araby’s incense rare,—
O tell us why your voices ring,
And all so joyfully, cheerily, merrily sing?

7 Ye tongues and tribes of living men,
When leafy Summer is come again,—
When birds sing loud on every side,
And earth is blooming in Whitsuntide,—
O tell us why your voices ring,
And all so joyfully, cheerily, merrily sing?

Source: The Sunday School Hymnal: with offices of devotion #93

Author: John Henry Hopkins

John Henry Hopkins, Jr., American ecclesiologist, was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on October 28, 1820, the eldest son of pioneer parents, the father from Dublin, and the mother from Hamburg. His father was successively ironmaster, school teacher, lawyer, priest, and second Episcopal bishop of Vermont, becoming presiding bishop in 1865. The son reflected the artistic talents of both parents in music, poetry, and art. After graduation from the University of Vermont in 1839, he worked as a reporter in New York City while studying law. From 1842 to 1844, he tutored the children of Bishop Elliott of Savannah, Georgia, returning to take his M.A. from Vermont in 1845. He graduated from General Theological Seminary in 1850 and was ordain… Go to person page >

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First Line: O tell us, ye that from your home
Author: John Henry Hopkins
Refrain First Line: In our own tongue, sublime and clear

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