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Sons of men, behold from far

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1 Sons of men, behold from far,
Hail the long-expected star;
Jacob's star that gilds the night,
Guides bewilder'd nature right.

2 Mild it shines on all beneath,
Piercing through the shades of death;
Scattering error's wide-spread night,
Kindling darkness into light.

3 Nations all, remote and near,
Haste to see your God appear:
Haste, for Him your hearts prepare,
Meet Him manifested there.

4 There behold the Day-spring rise,
Pouring light upon your eyes:
See it chase the shades away,
Shining to the perfect day.

5 Sing, ye morning stars again,
God descends on earth to reign,
Deigns for man His life to employ;
shout, ye sons of God, for joy.

Hymnal: according to the use of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America, 1871

Author: Charles Wesley

Charles Wesley, M.A. was the great hymn-writer of the Wesley family, perhaps, taking quantity and quality into consideration, the great hymn-writer of all ages. Charles Wesley was the youngest son and 18th child of Samuel and Susanna Wesley, and was born at Epworth Rectory, Dec. 18, 1707. In 1716 he went to Westminster School, being provided with a home and board by his elder brother Samuel, then usher at the school, until 1721, when he was elected King's Scholar, and as such received his board and education free. In 1726 Charles Wesley was elected to a Westminster studentship at Christ Church, Oxford, where he took his degree in 1729, and became a college tutor. In the early part of the same year his religious impressions were much deepene… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Sons of men, behold from far
Author: Charles Wesley
Meter: 7.7.7.7
Language: English

Notes

Sons of men, behold from far. C. Wesley. [Epiphany.] Published in Hymns and Sacred Poems, 1739, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines, and entitled, "Hymn for the Epiphany." (Poetical Works, 1868-72, volumes i. p. 184.) In M. Madan's Psalms & Hymns, 1760, it was given as No. 23, and was thus brought into use in the Church of England. It is seldom given in modern hymn books in its full form; and slight alterations are nearly always found in the text. It is in extensive use in most English-speaking countries. Notwithstanding this popularity it was excluded from the Wesleyan Hymn Book of 1780 and 1875. In the Cooke and Denton Hymnal, 1853, stanzas iv., v., vi., of this hymn, rewritten, together with an opening stanza and a doxology from another source, were given as, "Lo, the Gentiles bend the knee." This cento was repeated in the Salisbury Hymn Book, 1857, and other collections. Sometimes it reads, "Lo, the Gentiles bend the knee." -- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion (15th ed.) #111

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A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion. (10th ed.) #111

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A Collection of Hymns, for the Christian Church and Home #162

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship #218

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship (10th ed.) #218

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship (6th ed.) #218

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship. (3rd ed.) #218

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship. (45th ed.) #218

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship. 16th ed. #218

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for the Use of Universalist Societies and Families 16ed. #271

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns #229

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A Liturgy and Hymns for Church Sunday Schools #32

A New Service and Tune Book for Sunday Schools. New ed. #d117

A Selection of Psalms and Hymns for ... Diocese of Nova Scotia. 3rd ed. #d294

A Selection of Psalms and Hymns for the Use of the Diocese of Nova Scotia. 3rd ed. #d295

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A Selection of Sacred Poetry #229

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A Selection of Sacred Poetry #229

Anglican Hymn Book #64

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Christ in Song #121

Christian Psalms and Hymns to Aid in Public and Private Devotion #d807

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Church Book #141

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Church Book #141

Church Hymns with Tunes #101

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Church Hymns #115

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Church Psalmist #71

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Church Psalmist #71

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Church Psalmist #71

Familiar Hymns with Music, New and Old, a Companion #d61

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Gloria Deo #709

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Harmonia Sacra #221

Hymn and Tune Book for the Church and the Home and Services for Congregational Worship. Rev. ed. #d632

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Hymn and Tune Book for the Church and the Home. (Rev. ed.) #347

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Hymn and Tune Book, for the Church and the Home #364

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Hymnal and Canticles of the Protestant Episcopal Church with Music (Gilbert & Goodrich) #47

Hymnal of the Reformed Episcopal Church, adopted in General Council, Chicago, May 1879 #d277

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Hymnal #47

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Hymnal #47

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Hymns and Songs of Praise for Public and Social Worship #175

Hymns for Children and Young Persons #d367

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Hymns for Public Worship #316

Hymns for Social Worship and Private Devotion #d141

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Hymns for the Church of Christ (3rd thousand) #242

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Hymns for the Church of Christ. (6th thousand) #242

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Hymns for the Sanctuary and Social Worship #221

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Hymns for the use of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, by the Authority of the Ministerium of Pennsylvania #140

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Hymns for Youth, Suitable to be Used in Sabbath and Parochial Schools #44

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Hymns of the Spirit #697

Hymns, Selected from Various Authors, for the Use of Young Persons 3rd Am. from 9th London ed. #d202

Hymns, Selected from Various Authors, for the Use of Young Persons #d189

Liturgy and Hymnal for the Use of the General Church of the New Jerusalem #d93

Massachusetts Sabbath School Hymn Book #d166

Melodies and Hymns for Divine Service in Appleton Chapel #d52

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Musica Sacra #111

Musica Sacra; or Springfield and Utica Collections United #d130

New Service and Tune Book for Sunday School #d115

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Palm Leaves #25

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Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs #81

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Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs #CXXVI

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Sacred Poetry #82

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Seamen's Hymns #71

Seamen's Hymns and Devotional Assistant #d540

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Social Psalmist #71

Songs for the Sanctuary, or Hymns and Tunes for Christian Worship #ad992

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Songs for the Sanctuary #1157

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Songs for the Sanctuary #1157

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Songs for the Sanctuary #1157

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Songs for the Sanctuary; or Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship (Baptist Ed.) #1157

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Songs for the Sanctuary; or, Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship (Words only) #1157

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Songs of the Church #688

Sunday School Hymnal #d370

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The Baptist Hymn and Tune Book #979

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The Baptist Praise Book #1237

The Book of Common Praise, being the Hymn Book of the Church of England in Canada. Annotated ed. #d592

The Book of Praise #d690

The Chapel Hymn Book (4th ed.) #d313

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The Chapel hymn book, with tunes #201

The Chapel Hymn Book. 5th ed. #d308

The Choral #d182

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The Christian Psalmist #190

The Christian Psalter #d485

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The Church Hymnal with Canticles #47a

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The Church Hymnal with Canticles #47b

The Friends' Hymnal, a Collection of Hymns and Tunes for the Public Worship of the Society #d550

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The Gospel Psalmist #244

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The Hymnal #47

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The Liturgy and Hymns of the American Province of the Unitas Fratrum #91

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The Sabbath School Melodist #141

The Sabbath School Service and Hymn Book #d43

The Sarum Hymnal #70

The Southern Psalmist #d743

The Southern Psalmist. New ed. #d781

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The Springfield Collection of Hymns for Sacred Worship #349

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