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Source: Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #184

Author: Cyril Alington

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While Headmaster of Eton College, Cyril A. Alington (b. Ipswich, England, 1872; d. St. Leonards, Hertfordshire, England, 1955) wrote this text for Melchior Vulpius's tune GELOBT SEI GOTT. The hymn was published in Songs of Praise (1931). Stanley L. Osborne (PHH 395) has written of Alington's stanzas, “They vibrate with excitement, they utter the encouragement of victory, and they stir the heart to praise and thanksgiving" (If Such Holy Song, 469). This text should not be mistaken for its Christmas counterpart "Good Christian Friends, Rejoice" (355); both texts originally began, "Good Christian men, rejoice."

A strong text for Easter, "Good Christians All" rings in the victory of Christ's resurrections so that "all the world" will know the news. Each stanza encourages us to tell the good news and praise the "Lord of life," and ends with an exciting three-fold "alleluia."

Educated at Trinity College, Oxford, England, Alington was ordained a priest in the Church of England in 1901. He had a teaching career that included being headmaster at Shrewsbury School and Eton College. He was dean of Durham from 1933-1951 as well as chaplain to the king of England. His writings include literary works and Christianity in England, Good News (1945). Many of his hymns appeared in various twentieth-century editions of the famous British hymnal, Hymns Ancient and Modern.

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Easter season; many other worship services.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook



Melchior Vulpius (b. Wasungen, Henneberg, Germany, c. 1570; d. Weimar, Germany, 1615) composed this tune as a setting for Michael Weisse's hymn "Gelobt sei Gott in höchsten Thron." Weisse's text was published with the tune in Vulpius's Ein Schon Geistlich Gesangbuch (1609). Because the text dates f…

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Common Praise (1998) #211Text
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Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #239Text InfoTextFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
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Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Standard Edition #85
Hymns and Psalms: a Methodist and ecumenical hymn book #191
Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #154Text
Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #266
Hymns Old and New: New Anglican #181
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Lutheran Service Book #475Text
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Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal #173
Sing Glory: Hymns, Psalms and Songs for a New Century #404
Small Church Music #3486Audio
The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #255
The New English Hymnal #107
The Worshiping Church #255TextPage Scan
Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #270TextPage Scan
Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #169Text
Worship and Rejoice #307TextScoreAudio
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