The Crowning Day

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1 The morning hangs a signal
upon the mountain crest,
while all the sleeping valleys
in silent darkness rest.
From peak to peak it flashes,
it laughs along the sky,
till glory of the sunlight
on all the land shall lie.

2 Above the generations
the lonely prophets rise,
while truth flares as the daystar
within their glowing eyes;
and other eyes, beholding,
are kindled from that flame;
and dawn becomes the morning,
when prophets love proclaim.

3 The soul has lifted moments,
above the drift of days,
when life’s great meaning breaketh
in sunrise on our ways.
Behold the radiant token
of faith above all fear;
night shall release its splendor
that morning shall appear.

Source: Singing the Living Tradition #40

Author: William Channing Gannett

Gannett, William Channing, M.A., s. of Dr. Ezra Stiles Gannett, was b. at Boston, March 13, 1840, and educated at Harvard College, 1860, and the Divinity School, Cambridge. Entered the Unitarian Ministry in 1868, and after filling several pastorates he became Pastor of the Unitarian Church at Rochester, N.Y., 1889. Mr. Gannett's hymns, mainly written for special occasions, were included in great part in The Thought of God in Hymns and Poems, Boston, 1st Series 1885,2nd Series 1894, the combined production of F. L. Hosmer (q.v.) and himself. Of Mr. Gannett's hymns the following are in common use:— 1. Bring, 0 morn, thy music [God Everlasting.] Written in 1893, and printed in A Chorus of Faith, being an account and resume of the Parli… Go to person page >

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First Line: The morning hangs its signal
Title: The Crowning Day
Author: William Channing Gannett
Language: English
Refrain First Line: O, the crowning day is coming
Copyright: Public Domain



William Lloyd (b. Rhos Goch, Llaniestyn, Caernarvonshire, Wales, 1786; d. Caernarvonshire, 1852) composed MEIRIONYDD, which was first published in manuscript form with the name BERTH in Caniadau Seion (Songs of Zion, 1840, ed. R. Mills). The tune is named after the Welsh county Meirionydd in which L…

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