The Whole Bright World Rejoices Now

The whole bright world rejoices now

Author: Friedrich von Spee ; Translator: Percy Dearmer
Tune: HILARITER (German)
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1. The whole bright world rejoices now,
Hilariter, hilariter!
The birds do sing on every bough,
Alleluia, alleluia!

2. Then shout beneath the racing skies,
Hilariter, hilariter!
To him who rose that we might rise,
Alleluia, alleluia!

3. And all you living things make praise,
Hilariter, hilariter!
He guideth you on all your ways,
Alleluia, alleluia!

4. To Father, Son, and Holy Ghost—
Hilariter, hilariter!
Our God most high, our joy and boast.
Alleluia, alleluia!

Source: The Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #211

Author: Friedrich von Spee

Spee, Friedrich von, son of Peter Spee (of the family of Spee, of Langenfeld), judge at Kaisers worth, was born at Kaisersworth, Feb. 25, 1591. He was educated in the Jesuit gymnasium at Cologne, entered the order of the Jesuits there on Sept. 22, 1610, and was ordained priest about 1621. From 1613 to 1624 he was one of the tutors in the Jesuit college at Cologne, and was then sent to Paderborn to assist in the Counter Reformation. In 1627 he was summoned by the Bishop of Würzburg to act as confessor to persons accused of witchcraft, and, within two years, had to accompany to the stake some 200 persons, of all ranks and ages, in whose innocence he himself firmly believed (His Cautio criminalis, sen de processibus contra sagas lib, Rinteln,… Go to person page >

Translator: Percy Dearmer

Dearmer, Percy, M.A., son of Thomas Dearmer, was born in London, Feb. 27, 1867, and educated at Westminster School and at Christ Church, Oxford (B.A. 1890, M.A. 1896). He was ordained D. 1891, P. 1892, and has been since 1901 Vicar of S. Mary the Virgin, Primrose Hill, London. He has been Secretary of the London Branch of the Christian Social Union since 1891, and is the author of The Parson's Handbook, 1st edition, 1899, and other works. He was one of the compilers of the English Hymnal, 1906, acting as Secretary and Editor, and contributed to it ten translations (38, 95, 150, 160, 165, 180, 215, 237, 352, 628) and portions of two others (242, 329), with the following originals:— 1. A brighter dawn is breaking. Easter. Suggested by… Go to person page >



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Instances (1 - 4 of 4)

Church Hymnal, Fifth Edition #287

Hymnal Supplement 1991 #745


The Cyber Hymnal #15591


The Hymnal 1982 #211

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