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Sweetly sang the angels

Sweetly sang the angels

Author: John Julian
Published in 9 hymnals

Author: John Julian

Born: Jan­u­a­ry 27, 1839, St. Ag­nes, Corn­wall. Died: Jan­u­a­ry 22, 1913, Thirsk, York­shire, Eng­land. Educated pri­vate­ly, Ju­li­an grad­u­at­ed from Dur­ham Un­i­ver­si­ty (MA 1887), Lam­beth (DD 1894), and How­ard Un­i­ver­si­ty in Wash­ing­ton, DC (LLD 1894). He took Ho­ly Or­ders in 1866, and served as Vi­car of Win­co­bank (1876-1905) and Vi­car of Top­cliff, York­shire (1905-). How­ev­er, he is best known as a hymn­ol­o­gist. The stand­ard ref­er­ence work in this field is his ma­ssive Dic­tion­ary of Hym­nol­o­gy: Or­i­gin and His­to­ry of Chris­tian Hymns and Hymn­writ­ers of All Ag­es and Na­tions, To­ge­ther with Bi­o­graph­ic­al and Cri­ti­cal No­tic… Go to person page >

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First Line: Sweetly sang the angels
Author: John Julian
Refrain First Line: Children, blend your voices


Sweetly sang the angels, In the clear, calm night. J. Julian. [Christmas.] Written Nov. 7, 1873, and first printed in the Preston Herald [Lancashire], Nov. 11th, 1873 in an article entitled "Table Talk." It was in 5 stanzas of 8 lines, with a refrain of 4 lines. In 1874 it was included in the Hymn Book published for the use of St. Mary's Church Sunday School, Preston; in Dec. 1874, in an article on "Christmas Hymns" in the Churchman's Shilling Magazine; again in Horder's Congregational Hymns, 1884, and other collections. It is also set as a part song by A. J. Caldicott, Mus. B., No. 147 of The Choral Handbook, London, J. Curwen.

-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



Instances (1 - 9 of 9)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Church Hymns: with tunes (New ed.) #636Page Scan
Hymnal for Schools #d161
Hymns of the Church: new and old #512Page Scan
New Manual of Praise: for Sabbath and Social Worship #205Page Scan
Pilgrim Songs No.2 #d241
The Hymnal for Schools #d161
The Institute Hymnal #d157
The Packer Hymnal #81Page Scan
The Plymouth Hymnal #d485