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The foe behind, the deep before

The foe behind, the deep before

Author: John Mason Neale
Published in 21 hymnals

Author: John Mason Neale

Neale, John Mason, D.D., was born in Conduit Street, London, on Jan. 24, 1818. He inherited intellectual power on both sides: his father, the Rev. Cornelius Neale, having been Senior Wrangler, Second Chancellor's Medallist, and Fellow of St. John's College, Cambridge, and his mother being the daughter of John Mason Good, a man of considerable learning. Both father and mother are said to have been "very pronounced Evangelicals." The father died in 1823, and the boy's early training was entirely under the direction of his mother, his deep attachment for whom is shown by the fact that, not long before his death, he wrote of her as "a mother to whom I owe more than I can express." He was educated at Sherborne Grammar School, and was afterwards… Go to person page >

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Author: John Mason Neale


The foe behind, the deep before. J. M. Neale. [Easter Carol.] This carol for Easter was published in his Carols for Eastertide, 1854, p. 55, in 12 stanzas. It is found in several modern hymn-books, but usually in an abbreviated form. It reads like an Ode from a Greek Canon, and is sometimes taken for one. As Dr. Neale translated the Canon for Easter by St. John of Damascus, "Tis the day of resurrection" in 1853, and this Carol for Easter was published in 1854, it is not improbable that the direct source of inspiration was the Greek of St. John, although many of Neale's carols for Eastertide are “free imitations" of Latin Sequences. -- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907) =============== The foe behind, the deep before, p. 1148, ii. The melody in Dr. Neale's Carols for Eastertide, 1854, No, xxii., is taken from the Piae Cantiones, 1582 (p. 211, ii.), where it is set to "Auctor humani generis"; the part used beginning at the words "Sic morte mortem destruis." Dr. Neale only takes a few phrases from the Latin, and his Carol is practically original. [Rev. James Mearns, M.A.] --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)



Instances (1 - 21 of 21)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
A Church of England Hymn Book: adapted to the daily services of the Church throughout the year #185
Christ in Song #286Page Scan
Church Hymnal, Third Edition #160
Church Hymns with Tunes #138
Church Hymns: with tunes (New ed.) #175Page Scan
Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Edition #159
Hymns Ancient and Modern (Standard ed.) #498
Hymns of the Ages (3rd series) #12Page Scan
Hymns of the Living Church #146Page Scan
Resurgit: a Collection of Hymns and Songs of the Resurrection #d130
School Carols #d286
Sunday School Book for ... Evangelical Lutheran Congregations, by Authority of the General Council of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in North America #d184
Sunday School Hymnal #d393
Sunday School Hymns and Tunes #d89
The Book of Praise #d331
The Chautauqua Hymnal, a Collection of Hymns for Gatherings ... and Young Peoples Organizations #d77
The Church Hymnal with Canticles #545Page Scan
The Evangelical Hymnal with Tunes #594Page Scan
The Methodist Hymn-Book with Tunes #218
The Sarum Hymnal #149
The St. Alban Hymnal #d411
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