The Great Forerunner of the Morn

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1 The great forerunner of the morn,
the herald of the Word, is born;
and faithful hearts shall never fail
with thanks and praise his light to hail.

2 With heavenly message Gabriel came,
that John should be that herald's name,
and with prophetic utterance told
his actions great and manifold.

3 His mighty deeds exalt his fame
to greater than a prophet's name.
Of woman-born shall never be
a greater prophet than was he.

4 To God the Father, God the Son,
and God the Spirit, Three in One,
praise, honour, might, and glory be
from age to age eternally.

Source: Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #320

Author: The Venerable Bede

Bede was "The Father of English Learning"--the man who, more than an other, is representative of ancient England. --Hymns of the Christian Centuries, p. 31… Go to person page >

Translator: 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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WINCHESTER NEW

The original version of WINCHESTER NEW appeared in Musikalisches Handbuch der geistlichen Melodien, published in Hamburg, Germany, in 1690 by Georg Wittwe. It was set to the text “Wer nur den lieben Gott” (see 446). An expanded version of the tune was a setting for "Dir, dir Jehova" (see 203) in…

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THE TRUTH FROM ABOVE


ACH GOTT UND HERR (17655 major)


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Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #320

Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #235

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Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #271

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Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #272

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The Cyber Hymnal #1750

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Worship (3rd ed.) #698

Worship (4th ed.) #878

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