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Sweet day, so cool, so calm, so bright

Sweet day, so cool, so calm, so bright

Author: George Herbert
Published in 50 hymnals

Author: George Herbert

Herbert, George, M.A., the fifth son of Richard Herbert and Magdalen, the daughter of Sir Richard Newport, was born at his father's seat, Montgomery Castle, April 3, 1593. He was educated at Westminster School, and at Trinity College, Cambridge, graduating B.A. in 1611. On March 15, 1615, he became Major Fellow of the College, M.A. the same year, and in 1619 Orator for the University. Favoured by James I., intimate with Lord Bacon, Bishop Andrewes, and other men of influence, and encouraged in other ways, his hopes of Court preferment were somewhat bright until they were dispelled by the deaths of the Duke of Richmond, the Marquis of Hamilton, and then of King James himself. Retiring into Kent, he formed the resolution of taking Holy Orders… Go to person page >

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First Line: Sweet day, so cool, so calm, so bright
Author: George Herbert


Sweet day, so cool, so calm, so bright. G. Herbert. [Virtue. Spring.] Appeared in his posthumous work, The Temple, 1633, in 4 stanzas of 4 lines, as a poem on "Virtue." (The Chandos Classics, ed. 1887, p. 140.) It is a beautiful poem, but is unsuited as a hymn for congregational use, although found in a few collections for that purpose. I. Walton's reference to it in his Compleat Angler, 1653, is very tender and just: — "'PISCATOR.—And now, scholar! my direction for thy fishing is ended with this shower, for it has done raining. And now look about you, and see how pleasantly that meadow looks; nay, and the earth smells as sweetly too. Come, let me tell you what holy Herbert says of such days and showers as these; and then we will thank God that we enjoy them. "Sweet day, so cool’", &c.

-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



Instances (1 - 50 of 50)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
A Collection of Hymns: Supplementary to the Psalms and Hymns of Dr. Watts #393Page Scan
A Selection of Sacred Songs. 2nd ed. #15Page Scan
A Selection of Sacred Songs: for the use of schools and academies #15Page Scan
Cantica Laudis: or, the American Book of Church Music #d265
Choral Harp for Sunday Schools #d131
Christian Hymns for Public and Private Worship: a collection compiled by a committee of the Cheshire Pastoral Association (11th ed.) #657Page Scan
Family Singing Book. Rev ed. with Supplement #d244
Grammar School Hymn Book #d228
Harmonia Ecclesiae: or, Companion to the Christian Minstrel #d225
Hymns for All Christians #L69Page Scan
Hymns for Children and Young Persons #d375
Hymns for Christian Devotion: especially adapted to the Universalist denomination #962Page Scan
Hymns for Christian Devotion: especially adapted to the Universalist denomination. (New ed.) #962Page Scan
Hymns for Social Meetings #75Page Scan
Hymns for the Church of Christ (3rd thousand) #188Page Scan
Hymns for the Church of Christ. (6th thousand) #188Page Scan
Hymns for the Hospital Chapel, Worcester #d197
Hymns for the Vestry and the Fireside #d272
Massachusetts Sabbath School Hymn Book #d170
Mission Songs: a collection of hymns and music, designed for Sabbath schools #42Page Scan
Plymouth Collection of Hymns and Tunes; for the use of Christian Congregations #317Page Scan
School Service Book #d31
Select Songs for the Singing Service in the Prayer Meeting and Sunday School #d254
Select Songs for the Sunday School #d258
Songs for Social and Public Worship #456Page Scan
Songs for Social and Public Worship. Rev. ed. #d389
Songs for the School Room #d104
Songs of praise : enlarged edition #650
Songs of the Unity: a Selection of Lyrics for Public Worhip, with Tunes for Congregational Use #d184
Sunday School Melodies No. 1 #d10
The American School Hymn Book #XCIIPage Scan
The American School Hymn Book. (New ed.) #XCIIPage Scan
The American Seaman's Hymn Book: a Collection of Sacred Songs for the Use of Mariners #d182
The American Tune Book (Carmina Sacra, enlarged) #d353
The Boston Sunday School Hymn Book: with devotional exercises. (Rev. ed.) #148Page Scan
The Cambridge Hymnal #96
The One Key Singer #d42
The Public School Singing Book: a collection of original and other songs, odes, hymns, anthems, and chants used in the various public schools #152Page Scan
The Sabbath School Lyre #d142
The Sabbath School Lyre: a collection of hymns and music, original and selected, for general use in sabbath schools #63Page Scan
The Sacred Minstrel #d82
The School Hymn-Book: for normal, high, and grammar schools #216Page Scan
The School Psalter #d243
The Temple Harp #d298
The Vestry Harp #d169
The Wesleyan Sacred Harp: a collection of choice tunes and hymns for prayer class and camp meetings, choirs and congregational singing #100aPage Scan
The Wesleyan Sacred Harp: a collection of choice tunes and hymns for prayer class, and camp meetings, choirs, and congregational singing #100aPage Scan
The World's Best Hymns #68Page Scan
The World's Best Hymns. (New ed.) #129
Waters' Choral Harp: a new and superior collection of choice hymns and tunes, mostly new, written and composed for Sunday schools, missionary, revival, and social meetings, and for church worship #16Page Scan