Hail Harbinger of Morn

This is a hymn about John the Baptist.   It is based on a work written by the Venerable Bede (673-735).

This English translation was made by English poet and humourist Charles Calverley (1831-84).

With meter 6.6.10 D, tunes it has been set to include
  • HARBINGER by American composer Horatio Parker (1863-1919)
  • HAIL HARBINGER OF MORN by W H Bell (available here - copyright status unknown)



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    Lyrics

    Traditional language

    Hail, harbinger of morn:
    Thou that art this day born,
    And heraldest the Word with clarion voice!
    Ye faithful ones, in him
    Behold the dawning dim
    Of the bright ay, and let your hearts rejoice.

    John;--by that chosen name
    To call him, Gabriel came
    By God's appointment from his home on high:
    What deeds that babe should do
    To manhood when he grew,
    God sent his angel forth to testify.

    There is none greater, none,
    Than Zechariah's son;
    Than this no mightier prophet hath been born:
    Of prophets he may claim
    More than a prophet's fame;
    Sublimer deeds than theirs his brow adorn.

    'Lo, to prepare thy way,'
    Did God the Father say
    'Before thy face my messenger I send,
    Thy coming to forerun;
    As on the orient sun
    Doth the bright daystar morn by morn attend.'

    Praise therefore God most high;
    Praise him who came to die
    For us, his Son that liveth evermore;
    And to the Spirit raise,
    The Comforter, like praise,
    While time endureth, and when time is o'er.

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