Draper, Bourne Hall, born at Cumnor, near Oxford, in 1775, and educated for the Baptist Ministry at the Bristol Academy, under the Rev. Dr. J. Rylands. He was pastor of the Baptist Church at Chipping Norton 1804, and subsequently at Southampton, where he d. Oct. 12, 1843. See note on his hymn," Ye Christian heroes, go, proclaim," p. 1296, ii.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)
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Ye Christian heroes [heralds], go, proclaim. Draper, B. H. [Farewell to Missionaries.] This is one of two hymns compiled from a poem which first appeared in a newspaper as "Ruler of worlds, display Thy power;" then in Hymns Original & Select., &c, Portland, Maine, 1805, divided as two hymns; and again, as a complete poem, in the Baptist Magazine, vol. viii. 1816, p. 88, where it is given in 28 lines, and begins: "Sovereign of worlds, display Thy power." The hymns compiled therefrom are:—
1. Sovereign of worlds, display Thy power. This cento in 4 stanzas of 4 lines was given in Pratt's Psalms & Hymns, 1829, No. 467, as a "Prayer for the Conversion of the World," and is composed of 11. 1-12, 17-20, slightly altered.
2. Ye Christian heroes! go, proclaim. This hymn is composed of 11. 17-28 slightly altered. It is found in several collections, including the Plymouth Collection1855; the Baptist Praise Book, 1871, and others. In the Sabbath Hymn Book, 1858; the Songs for the Sanctuary, 1865; Hymns and Songs of Praise, 1874, &c, it begins “Ye Christian heralds, go, proclaim."
The modern use of these hymns is mainly confined to America.
Display Title: Ye Christian Heralds, Go ProclaimFirst Line: Ye Christian heralds, go proclaimTune Title: MISSIONARY CHANTAuthor: Bourne H. DraperMeter: L.M.Scripture: Matthew 10:7Date: 1990Subject: Ministry | Ordinations