Twas on that night, when doomed to know

'Twas on that night, when doomed to know

Author: John Morrison
Tune: ROCKINGHAM (Miller)
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1 'Twas on that night when doomed to know
the eager rage of every foe,
that night in which he was betrayed,
the Saviour of the world took bread;

2 And, after thanks and glory given
to him that rules in earth and heaven,
that symbol of his flesh he broke,
and thus to all his followers spoke:

3 'My broken body thus I give
for you, for all; take, eat, and live:
and oft the sacred rite renew
that brings my wondrous love to view.'

4 Then in his hands the cup he raised,
and God anew he thanked and praised,
while kindness in his bosom glowed,
and from his lips salvation flowed.

5 'My blood I thus pour forth,' he cries,
'to cleanse the soul in sin that lies;
in this the covenant is sealed,
and heaven's eternal grace revealed.

6 'With love to man this cup is fraught,
let each partake the sacred draught;
through latest ages let it pour
in memory of my dying hour.'

Source: Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #376

Author: John Morrison

Morison, John, D.D., was born in Aberdeenshire in 1749. He studied at the University of Aberdeen (King's College), where he graduated M.A. in 1771. In 1780 he became parish minister of Canisbay, Caithness. He received the degree of D.D. from the University of Edinburgh in 1792. He died at Canisbay, June 12, 1798. He was one of the members added on May 26, 1781, to the Committee appointed by the General Assembly of 1775 to revise the Translations and Paraphrases of 1745. To him are ascribed Nos. 19, 21, 29, 30 and 35, in the 1781 collection, and he is said to have been joint author with John Logan of Nos. 27 and 28. [Rev. James Mearns, M.A.] --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)  Go to person page >

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First Line: 'Twas on that night, when doomed to know
Title: Twas on that night, when doomed to know
Author: John Morrison
Meter: 8.8.8.8
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

Notes

'Twas on that night when doomed to know. John Morison. [Holy Communion.] First appeared as No. 35 in the Draft Scottish Translations and Paraphrases, 1781, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines, as a version of Matt. xxvi. 26-29. Here stanza iv. 11. 1, 2, read: —
"Then taking in his hands the cup, To Heav'n again he thanks sent up."
The rewriting of these lines was the only change made in the public worship edition issued in that year to the Church of Scotland, and still in use. The hymn bears a close resemblance to a Latin hymn, beginning, "Nocte qua Christus rabidis Apellis" (Private Prayers, p. 405, Parker Society, 1851, quoted in full in the notes to the larger edition of the Free Church Hymn Book, 1882), by Andreas Ellinger, who was born 1526 at Orlamünde, on the Saale, a little above Jena, and d. March 12, 1582, at Jena, where he had become Professor of Medicine in 1569. Mr. William Bonar, of London, considered it a translation from Ellinger by William Archibald (ordained parish minister of Unst, Shetland, in 1735, d. there March 7, 1785), and that Archibald's text was altered by Morison for the Translations and Paraphrases. In the markings by the eldest daughter of W. Cameron, it is ascribed to Morison. It is very generally used in Scotland as a Communion hymn. Included in Burgess & Money's Psalms & Hymns, 1857; Common Praise, 1879; Church Praise, 1883, and other collections; and in full and unaltered, as No. 35 in the Free Church Hymn Book, 1882. The resemblance to Watts's "'Twas on that dark and doleful night," in his Hymns, 1709, Bk. iii., No. 1, often referred to, is but slight. [Rev. James Mearns, M.A.] --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

Tune

ROCKINGHAM (Miller)

Edward Miller (b. Norwich, England, 1735; d. Doncaster, Yorkshire, England, 1807) adapted ROCKINGHAM from an earlier tune, TUNEBRIDGE, which had been published in Aaron Williams's A Second Supplement to Psalmody in Miniature (c. 1780). ROCKINGHAM has long associations in Great Britain and North Amer…

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