Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Hark! What Mean Those Holy Voices

Mendelssohn's ''Hymn of Trust" has helped to win a place for another familiar Christmas hymn among the great favorites. We refer to John Cawood's hynm —

Hark! What Mean Those Holy Voices


Hark! what mean those holy voices
Sweetly sounding through the skies?

Lo! the angelic host rejoices;
Heavenly hallelujahs rise.

Listen to the wondrous story,

Which they chant in hymns of joy:

"Glory in the highest, glory!
Glory be to God most high!

"Peace on earth, good-will from heaven,

Reaching far as man is found;
Souls redeemed, and sins forgiven;

Loud our golden harps shall sound.

"Christ is born, the great Anointed;

Heaven and earth His praises sing!
O receive whom God appointed

For your Prophet, Priest, and King.

"Hasten, mortals, to adore Him;

Learn His Name, and taste His joy;
Till in Heaven ye sing before Him,

Glory be to God most high!"

Let us learn the wondrous story

Of our great Redeemer's birth;
Spread the brightness of His glory.

Till it cover all the earth.

Of the seventeen hymns written by Mr. Cawood, who was a man of limited education, this is his best and most widely known production.



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