Two brothers freely cast their lot

Two brothers freely cast their lot

Author: John Henry Newman
Tune: ST. MAGNUS (Clarke)
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1. Two brothers freely cast their lot
With David’s royal Son;
The cost of conquest counting not,
They deem the battle won.

2. Brothers in heart, they hope to gain
An undivided joy,
That man may one with man remain,
As boy was one with boy.

3. Christ heard; and willed that James should fall
First prey of Satan’s rage;
John linger out his fellows all,
And die in bloodless age.

4. Now they join hands once more above
Before the Conqueror’s throne!
Thus God grants prayer; but in His love
Makes times and ways His own.

5. All glory to the Father be,
All glory to the Son,
All glory, Holy Ghost, to Thee
While endless ages run.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #6504

Author: John Henry Newman

Newman, John Henry , D.D. The hymnological side of Cardinal Newman's life and work is so small when compared with the causes which have ruled, and the events which have accompanied his life as a whole, that the barest outline of biographical facts and summary of poetical works comprise all that properly belongs to this work. Cardinal Newman was the eldest son of John Newman, and was born in London, Feb. 21, 1801. He was educated at Ealing under Dr. John Nicholas, and at Trinity College, Oxford, where he graduated in honours in 1820, and became a Fellow of Oriel in 1822. Taking Holy Orders in 1824, he was for a short time Vice-Principal of St. Alban's Hall, and then Tutor of Oriel. His appointment to St. Mary's, Oxford, was in the spring of… Go to person page >

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First Line: Two brothers freely cast their lot
Author: John Henry Newman
Copyright: Public Domain


Two brothers freely cast their lot. Cardinal Newman. [Saints James and John.] Written at sea, June 22, 1833, and printed anonymously in the British Magazine, 1835, vol. vii. p. 661, in 4 stanzas of 4 lines. It was repeated in Lyra Apostolica, 1836, p. 31, and again in Card. Newman's Verses on Various Occasions, 1868. Usually in modern collections it is appropriated to St. James, and a doxology is usually added, as in the Wellington College Hymn Book, 1860, or as in the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge Church Hymns, 1871.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)


ST. MAGNUS (Clarke)

ST. MAGNUS first appeared in Henry Playford's Divine Companion (1707 ed.) as an anonymous tune with soprano and bass parts. The tune was later credited to Jeremiah Clark (b. London, England, c. 1670; d. London, 1707), who was a chorister in the Chapel Royal and sang at the coronation of James II in…

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