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The Descent From the Cross

Six weary hours extended

Author: Herbert Kynaston
Tune: MONSELL (Monsell)
Published in 1 hymnal

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1 Six weary hours extended
Upon the cross of pain,
When will the day be ended,
Night’s shadows come again?
Would morn were eve’s declining,
Would God that eve were morn,
His eve of life’s resigning,
His resurrection dawn!

2 Thrice now the congregation
Has climbed the steep to prayer,
It is the Preparation,
And yet He withers there:
They say the cross dissembles
The spirit’s parting strife;
And day by day still trembles
The hideous wreck of life.

3 Haste, Joseph, "It is finished,"
The sun sinks on the wave;
The time must needs be minished,
The three days of the grave:
An eve without a morning,
Of blackest midnight born;
The Sabbath past, His dawning
Is everlasting morn.

4 Blest sepulcher, where never
Man’s mortal form was laid;
The only tomb for ever
With angel light arrayed;
Life’s only, last, defender—
When graves shall be no more,
No earth hast thou to render,
No treasure to restore.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #10756

Author: Herbert Kynaston

Kynaston, Herbert, D.D., was born Nov. 23, 1809, and educated at Westminster School, and Christ Church, Oxford (of which he was sometime Student), where he graduated in 1831 (1st class Lit. Hum.). Taking Holy Orders in 1834, he became Head Master of St. Paul's School, London, in 1838; Select Preacher of the University of Oxford, 1842-43; Rector of St. Nicholas-Cole-Abbey, with St. Nicholas Olave, 1850-66; and Prebendary of Holborn in St. Paul's Cathedral, 1853. He died Oct. 1878. His Miscellaneous Poems were published in 1840, and his hymns as follows:— (1) Occasional Hymns (original and translated), 1862. (2) Occasional Hymns, 2nd series, pt. i., 1864. (3) Occasional Hymns, 2nd series, pt. ii., chiefly on the Miracles, 1866. These hymn… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Six weary hours extended
Title: The Descent From the Cross
Author: Herbert Kynaston
Meter: D
Source: Occasional Hymns (London: R. Clay, Son & Taylor, 1862)
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


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