The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Hail, Ever Hail, Thou Glorious Morn

Version 2
Compare: Hail! Ever Hail! (Sandys)

Words: Traditional, Altered by R. R. C.

Music: Mr. Arthur Henry Brown
MIDI / Noteworthy Composer / PDF

Source: Rev. Richard R. Chope, Carols For Use In Church (London: William Clowes & Sons, Complete Edition, 1894), Carol #85
Compare: Hail! Ever Hail! Auspicious Morn (Sandys)

1. Hail, ever hail, thou glorious morn,
The brightest since the Fall:
Mortals rejoice! the Saviour's born,
O crown Him Lord of all,
O crown Him Lord of all.
He comes, He comes, our world to bless
To ransom every thrall
From doom of endless wretchedness,
O crown Him Lord of all;
O crown Him Lord of all.

2. Hark! angels all the welkin throng
With voices musical;
A Saviour here they waft along
And greet Him Lord of all,
And greet Him Lord of all.
Girded in robes of waving light
They seek the sordid stall;
Gaze there with rapture of delight,
And own Him Lord of all;
And own Him Lord of all.

3. Ye Shepherds, now a herald flies
To you, obey the call,
Immanuel in a manger lies
Go crown Him Lord of all,
Go crown Him Lord of all.
The sceptre, orb, and throne prepare
Attend ye great and small;
Let Christmas welcome rend the air,
And crown Him Lord of all;
And crown Him Lord of all.

Sheet Music from Chope

Sheet Music from Arthur Henry Brown, ed., In Excelsis Gloria-Carols for Christmastide (London: Thomas Bosworth & Co., 1885), Carol #7, pp. 14-15.

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Brown gives this set of verses before his version:

"True Son of God, Elder than Time, that hast
Thy Birth but now, yet from Beginning wast;
Author of Light, and Light before all other,
O Thou that wast the Parent of Thy Mother ;
Whose Word was made Flesh, and constrain'd to dwell
In the straight Prison of a Virgin's Cell :
All this the King of Glory did and more,
To make us Kings, that were but Slaves before."

There was no attribution.

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