Hark! what mean those holy voicesAuthor: John Cawood (1819)
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1 Hark! what mean those holy voices
Sweetly sounding through the skies?
Lo, th' angelic host rejoices,
Heavenly hallelujahs rise.
2 Listen to the wondrous story,
Which they chant in hymns of joy,
"Glory in the highest, glory!
Glory be to God most high!
3 "Peace on earth, good-will from heaven,
Reaching far as man is found;
Souls redeem'd and sins forgiven,
Loud our golden harps shall sound.
4 "Christ is born; the great Anointed!
Heaven and earth His praises sing!
O receive Whom God appointed,
For your Prophet, Priest, and King!
5 "Hasten, mortals, to adore Him;
Learn His Name to magnify,
Till in heaven ye sing before Him,
Glory be to God most high!"
Hymnal: according to the use of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America, 1871
Hark! what mean those holy voices. J. Cawood. [Christmas.] This popular hymn appeared in 1819 in the 8th edition of Cotterill's Selection, No. 269, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines, with the refrain, "Hallelujah." In common with all the hymns in that Selection it was unsigned; but when republished by J. Montgomery in his Christian Psalmist, 1825, it was attributed to "Cawood." In some works, and collections, it is dated 1816; but in J. Cawood's son's correspondence with D. Sedgwick, it is undated [S. MSS.], and failing further information, it mutt remain as 1819. Of all Cawood's hymns this is the most popular. It is in extensive use in Great Britain and America. Original text in Snepp's Songs of Grace & Glory, 1872, No. 205, with "glory sing" for "praises sing" in stanza iv., line 2.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
|Instances (1 - 3 of 3)||Title||First Line||Tune||Tune Key||Author||Meter||Scripture||Date||Subject||Source|
|An American Christmas Harp #9||Beach Spring||Hark! what mean those holy voices||BEACH SPRING||John Cawood (1775-1852)||8s.7s.||2009||<em>Seventh-Day Adventist Hymn & Tune Book</em>, 1886|
|Christmas Favorites #29||Hark! what mean those holy voices, Sweetly sounding thro' the skies||Hark! what mean those holy voices, Sweetly sounding thro' the skies||[Hark! What Mean Those Holy Voices?]||2000|
|The Cyber Hymnal #2169||Hark! What Mean Those Holy Voices?||Hark! what mean those holy voices||RATHBUN||John Cawood||87.87||<cite>Selection of Psalms and Hymns for Public and Private Use</cite>, by Thomas Cotterill (London: 1819)|