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
|First Line:||The great forerunner of the morn|
|Title:||The Great Forerunner of the Morn|
|Author:||The Venerable Bede|
|Translator:||John Mason Neale (1818-1866, alt.)|