Sweet day, so cool, so calm, so bright

Sweet day, so cool, so calm, so bright

Author: George Herbert
Tune: PEN SELWOOD
Published in 51 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

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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)

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A Collection of Hymns #393

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A Selection of Sacred Songs. 2nd ed. #15

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A Selection of Sacred Songs #15

Cantica Laudis #d265

Choral Harp for Sunday Schools #d131

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Christian Hymns for Public and Private Worship #657

Family Singing Book. Rev ed. with Supplement #d244

Grammar School Hymn Book #d228

Harmonia Ecclesiae #d225

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Hymns for All Christians #L69

Hymns for Children and Young Persons #d375

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Hymns for Christian Devotion #962

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Hymns for Christian Devotion #962

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Hymns for Social Meetings #75

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Hymns for the Church of Christ (3rd thousand) #188

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Hymns for the Church of Christ. (6th thousand) #188

Hymns for the Hospital Chapel, Worcester #d197

Hymns for the Vestry and the Fireside #d272

Massachusetts Sabbath School Hymn Book #d170

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Mission Songs #42

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Plymouth Collection #a317

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Plymouth Collection of Hymns and Tunes; for the use of Christian Congregations #317

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

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Songs for Social and Public Worship #456

Songs for Social and Public Worship. Rev. ed. #d389

Songs for the School Room #d104

Songs of praise #650

Songs of the Unity #d184

Sunday School Melodies No. 1 #d10

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The American School Hymn Book #XCII

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The American School Hymn Book. (New ed.) #XCII

The American Seaman's Hymn Book #d182

The American Tune Book (Carmina Sacra, enlarged) #d353

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The Boston Sunday School Hymn Book #148

The Cambridge Hymnal #96

The One Key Singer #d42

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The Public School Singing Book #152

The Sabbath School Lyre #d142

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The Sabbath School Lyre #63

The Sacred Minstrel #d82

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The School Hymn-Book #216

The School Psalter #d243

The Temple Harp #d298

The Vestry Harp #d169

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The Wesleyan Sacred Harp #100a

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The Wesleyan Sacred Harp #100a

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The World's Best Hymns #68

The World's Best Hymns. (New ed.) #129

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Waters' Choral Harp #16

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