Today be joy in every heart

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1 Today be joy in every heart,
For lo, the angel throng
Once more above the listening earth
Repeats the advent song:

2 "Peace on the earth, good-will to men!"
Before us goes the star
That leads us on to holier births
And life diviner far.

3 Ye men of strife, forget today
Your harshness and your hate;
Too long ye stay the promised years
For which the nations wait!

4 And ye upon the tented field,
Sheathe, sheathe today the sword!
By love, and not by might, shall come
The kingdom of the Lord.

5 O star of human faith and hope!
Thy light shall lead us on,
Until it fades in morning’s glow,
And heav’n on earth is won.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #13075

Author: Frederick Lucian Hosmer

Hosmer, Frederick Lucian, B.A., was born at Framingham, Mass., in 1840, and educated at Harvard, where he graduated B.A. in 1869. Entering the Unitarian Ministry in 1872 he has held charges in Quincy, Ill., 1872-77; Cleveland, Ohio, 1878-92; St. Louis, 1894-99; and since 1899, at Berkeley, Cal. His Way of Life, 1877, was a compilation of Prayers and Responsive Services for Sunday Schools. Of Unity Hymns and Carols, 1880, he was joint editor with W. C. Gannett and J. V. Blake. His hymns were published jointly by him and W. C. Gannett (q.v.), as The Thought of God in Hymns and Poems (Boston: Little, Brown & Co.), 1st Series, 1885; 2nd Series, 1894. Of his 56 hymns in this work the following have come into common use, for the most part during… Go to person page >

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First Line: Today be joy in every heart
Author: Frederick Lucian Hosmer
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


DORKING (51515)


Composed by John B. Dykes (PHH 147), BEATITUDO was published in the revised edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern (1875), where it was set to Isaac Watts' "How Bright Those Glorious Spirits Shine." Originally a word coined by Cicero, BEATITUDO means "the condition of blessedness." Like many of Dykes's…

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The tune is based on the the beginning of the soprano aria "Non vi piacque ingiusti dei" from the opera "Siroe"

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