There is a green hill far away

There is a green hill far away

Author: Cecil F. Alexander (1848)
Published in 545 hymnals

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1 There is a green hill far away,
outside a city wall,
where the dear Lord was crucified
who died to save us all.

2 We may not know, we cannot tell,
what pains he had to bear,
but we believe it was for us
he hung and suffered there.

3 He died that we might be forgiven,
he died to make us good,
that we might go at last to heaven,
saved by his precious blood.

4 There was no other good enough
to pay the price of sin,
he only could unlock the gate
of heaven, and let us in.

5 Oh, dearly, dearly has he loved,
and we must love him too,
and trust in his redeeming blood,
and try his works to do.

Source: Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #380

Author: Cecil F. Alexander

Alexander, Cecil Frances, née Humphreys, second daughter of the late Major John Humphreys, Miltown House, co. Tyrone, Ireland, b. 1823, and married in 1850 to the Rt. Rev. W. Alexander, D.D., Bishop of Derry and Raphoe. Mrs. Alexander's hymns and poems number nearly 400. They are mostly for children, and were published in her Verses for Holy Seasons, with Preface by Dr. Hook, 1846; Poems on Subjects in the Old Testament, pt. i. 1854, pt. ii. 1857; Narrative Hymns for Village Schools, 1853; Hymns for Little Children, 1848; Hymns Descriptive and Devotional, 1858; The Legend of the Golden Prayers 1859; Moral Songs, N.B.; The Lord of the Forest and his Vassals, an Allegory, &c.; or contributed to the Lyra Anglicana, the S.P.C.K. Psalms and Hym… Go to person page >

Notes

There is a green hill far away. Cecil F. Alexander, née Humphreys. [Good Friday.] First published in her Hymns for Little Children, 1848, p. 31, in 5 stanzas of 4 lines, and based upon the words "Suffered under Pontius Pilate, was Crucified, Dead, and Buried," of the Apostles' Creed. It is an exceedingly popular children's hymn, and is in extensive use.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

Tune

HORSLEY


GREEN HILL (Stebbins)

George Coles Stebbins (b. East Carlton, NY, 1846; d. Catskill, NY, 1945) composed THE GREEN HILL in 1877 to accompany Cecil F. Alexander's hymn “There Is a Green Hill Far Away.” The tune was published in Gospel Hymns No.3 (1878). The slow harmonic rhythm and mostly stepwise melody build to a cli…

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MEDITATION (Gower)


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Instances

Instances (19)TextImageAudioScoreFlexscore
Church Family Worship #219
Church Hymnal, Fifth Edition #244
Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #380Text
Common Praise (1998) #202Text
Complete Anglican Hymns Old & New #671
Complete Mission Praise #674
Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #167TextImage
Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Standard Edition #137
Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #148
Hymns of Faith #152TextImage
Hymns Old and New: New Anglican #499
Rejoice in the Lord #306Text
Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal #164
Sing Glory: Hymns, Psalms and Songs for a New Century #388
The Christian Life Hymnal #160
The Cyber Hymnal #6763TextAudioScore
Together in Song: Australian Hymn Book II #350
Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #256TextImage
Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #152Text



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