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On the Mountain's Top Appearing

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1 On the mountain's top appearing,
Lo, the sacred herald stands.
Welcome news to Zion bearing,
Zion, long in hostile lands:
Mourning captive,
God Himself will loose thy bands;
Mourning captive,
God Himself will loose thy bands.

2 Has thy night been long and mournful?
Have thy friends unfaithful proved?
Have thy foes been proud and scornful,
By thy sighs and tears unmoved?
Cease thy mourning;
Zion still is well beloved;
Cease thy mourning:
Zion still is well beloved.

3 God, thy God, will now restore thee;
He Himself appears thy Friend;
All thy foes shall flee before thee;
Here their boasts and triumphs end;
Great deliverance
Zion's King will surely send;
Great deliverance
Zion's King will surely send.

4 Enemies no more shall trouble,
All thy wrongs shall be redressed;
For thy shame thou shalt have double:
In thy Maker's favor blessed;
All thy conflicts
End in everlasting rest;
All thy conflicts
End in everlasting rest.

Source: African Methodist Episcopal Church Hymnal #563

Author: Thomas Kelly

Kelly, Thomas, B.A., son of Thomas Kelly, a Judge of the Irish Court of Common Pleas, was born in Dublin, July 13, 1769, and educated at Trinity College, Dublin. He was designed for the Bar, and entered the Temple, London, with that intention; but having undergone a very marked spiritual change he took Holy Orders in 1792. His earnest evangelical preaching in Dublin led Archbishop Fowler to inhibit him and his companion preacher, Rowland Hill, from preaching in the city. For some time he preached in two unconsecrated buildings in Dublin, Plunket Street, and the Bethesda, and then, having seceded from the Established Church, he erected places of worship at Athy, Portarlington, Wexford, &c, in which he conducted divine worship and preached. H… Go to person page >


On the mountain's top appearing. T. Kelly [Missions.] This hymn appeared in his Collection of Psalms & Hymns, Dublin, 1802, No. 249, in 4 stanzas of 6 lines, and is based on Psalms lii. 7. It was subsequently repeated in the author's Hymns, &c, 1804, and later editions (edition 1853, p. 555). In Cotterill's 1815 Appendix to his Set of Psalms & Hymns, No. 203, stanzas i., iii., iv. were given in an altered form. This was repeated in the 8th edition of the Selection,1819, No. 162; in Montgomery's Christian Psalmist, 1825, No. 437, and again in later collections. Two texts, both beginning with the same opening stanza, have thus come into common use. They can be easily distinguished by the 3rd stanza of Kelly and the 2nd of Cotterill, which read:—

T. Kelly.
"God, thy God will now restore thee:
He Himself appears thy friend:
All thy foes shall flee before thee,
Here their boasts and triumphs end;
Great deliverance
Zion's King vouchsafes to send."

T. Cotterill.
"Lo! thy sun is risen in glory!
God Himself appears thy friend;
All thy foes shall flee before thee;
Here their boasted triumphs end:
Great deliverance
Zion's King vouchsafes to send.”

When these two forms of the hymn are taken into account, its use is found to be extensive. Cotterill's text has been rendered into Latin by B. Bingham in his Hymnologia Christiana Latina, 1871, as "Stat ecce! in altis montibus jam nuncius."

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)


ZION (Hastings)


Henry T. Smart (PHH 233) composed REGENT SQUARE for the Horatius Bonar (PHH 260) doxology "Glory be to God the Father." The tune was first published in the English Presbyterian Church's Psalms and Hymns for Divine Worship (1867), of which Smart was music editor. Because the text editor of that hymna…

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African Methodist Episcopal Church Hymnal #563

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The Baptist Hymnal #609


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