Hail, thou bright and sacred morn

Hail, thou bright and sacred morn

Author: Julia Anne Elliott (1833)
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1. Hail, thou bright and sacred morn,
Risen with gladness in thy beams!
Light, which not of earth is born,
From thy dawn in glory streams;
Airs of heaven are breathed around,
And each place is holy ground.

2. Sad and weary were our way,
Fainting oft beneath our load,
But for thee, thou blessèd day,
Resting-place of life's rough road:
Here flow forth the streams of grace;
Strengthened hence we run our race.

3. Great Creator, who this day
From Thy perfect work didst rest,
By the souls that own Thy sway
Hallowed be its hours blest;
Cares of earth aside be thrown,
This day given to heaven alone.

4. Saviour, who this day didst break
the dark prison of the tomb,
Bid my slumbering soul awake:
Shine through all its sin and gloom:
Let me, from my bonds set free,
Rise from sin, and live to Thee.

5. Blessèd Spirit, Comforter,
Sent this day from Christ on high;
Lord, on me Thy gifts confer,
Cleanse, illumine, sanctify:
All Thine influence shed abroad;
Lead me to the truth of God.

Amen.
The Hymnal: Published by the authority of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A., 1895

Author: Julia Anne Elliott

Elliott, Julia Anne, née Marshall, daughter of Mr. John Marshall, of Hallsteads, Ullswater, was married to the Rev. H. V. Elliott (q.v.), in 1833, and died Nov. 3, 1841. Her hymns were contributed to her husband's Psalms & Hymns, 1835, anonymously, but in the Index to the "3rd thousand," 1839, her initials were added. These hymns are eleven in all, and concerning them, Miller has justly said (S. & Songs, p. 482), they "show a most refined poetical taste, and a special faculty for appreciating and expressing, appropriately, phases of thought and feeling that are beautiful, and that might have escaped common observation." Of these hymns the best known are, "Hail, thou bright and sacred morn," “On the dewy breath of even,” and "We lo… Go to person page >

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Hail, thou bright and sacred morn. Julia A. Elliott. [Sunday Morning.] First published anonymously in her husband's Psalms & Hymns, first edition, 1835, No. 296, in 2 stanzas of 6 lines, but acknowledged in the "Third Thousand," 1839, by the addition of her initials "J. A.E." in the Index. It is given in several modern collections in Great Britain and America, including Whiting's Hymns for the Church Catholic, 1882, and Songs for the Sanctuary, N. Y., 1&65, &c. [

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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