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God's Surprise

Author: John L. Bell

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First Line: Who would think that what was needed
Title: God's Surprise
Author: John L. Bell
Meter: D
Refrain First Line: God surprises earth with heaven
Copyright: © 1987, Iona Community, GIA Publications, Inc. agent





Henry T. Smart (PHH 233) composed REX GLORIAE for this text; the hymn was published in the 1868 Appendix to Hymns Ancient and Modern. Stanley L. Osborne (PHH 395) suggests that Smart initially intended REX GLORIAE as a tune for children. Derived from the topic of Wordsworth's text, the tune's name m…

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Instances (1 - 10 of 10)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #90
Anglican Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #832
Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #295Page Scan
Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #78Page Scan
Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #750
Gather Comprehensive #350
Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #138Text InfoFlexscoreAudioPage Scan
Hymns Old and New: New Anglican #558
Singing the Faith #222
The New Century Hymnal #153
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