Prune thou thy words the thoughts control

Prune thou thy words the thoughts control

Author: John Henry Newman
Tune: [O Jesu, Light of all below]
Published in 9 hymnals

Author: John Henry Newman

Newman, John Henry , D.D. The hymnological side of Cardinal Newman's life and work is so small when compared with the causes which have ruled, and the events which have accompanied his life as a whole, that the barest outline of biographical facts and summary of poetical works comprise all that properly belongs to this work. Cardinal Newman was the eldest son of John Newman, and was born in London, Feb. 21, 1801. He was educated at Ealing under Dr. John Nicholas, and at Trinity College, Oxford, where he graduated in honours in 1820, and became a Fellow of Oriel in 1822. Taking Holy Orders in 1824, he was for a short time Vice-Principal of St. Alban's Hall, and then Tutor of Oriel. His appointment to St. Mary's, Oxford, was in the spring of… Go to person page >

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First Line: Prune thou thy words the thoughts control
Author: John Henry Newman
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


Prune thou thy words, thy thoughts control. Cardinal Newman. (Flowers without Fruit.) “Written off Sardinia, June 20, 1833." It was published in Lyra Apostolica, 1836, p. 80 (ed. 1879, p. 85), in 3 stanzas of 8 lines.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)



Instances (1 - 9 of 9)
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Hymns in Harmony with Modern Thought #47

Hymns of the Ages #d125

Lyra Apostolica. 1st Am., from the 5th English ed. #d102

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Songs of the Soul #321

Songs of the Unity #d167

St. Basil's Hymn Book #d137

St. Basil's Hymnal. 3rd ed. #d134

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The Day School Hymn Book #111

Universal Hymns Compiled for the North End Union #d130

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