The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Hark! Upon the Morning Breezes

For Christmas

Translator: John Brownlie

Source: John Brownlie, Hymns of the Early Church (London: Morgan & Scott LD, 1913)
Christmas Hymns from John Brownlie

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1. Hark! upon the morning breezes,
In the darkness, ere the waking,
Music sweet the senses pleases,
Soft upon the stillness breaking;
"Glory, Glory!" this the singing,
Welcome to Immanuel bringing.

2. Shepherds at their watch beholding
Angels clad in glistening whiteness,
Heard the wondrous news unfolding
'Mid that dazzling scene of brightness:
"Glory, Glory!" peace, and kindness,
Light is breaking on our blindness.

3. Glorious morn! The sun, uprising,
Shone upon a world rejoicing;
God is with us
truth surprising!
List to song the message voicing:
"Glory, Glory!" ages told it,
Heavenly voices now unfold it.

4. God adored, our nature wearing!
Ah, such condescending meekness!
Stooping to a world despairing,
Full of pity for our weakness:
"Glory, Glory!" praises swelling,
God hath made with man His dwelling.


Also found in John Brownlie, ed., Hymns from the Morningland (London: Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co., 1911), pp. 9-10.

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