Mary Magdalen

To the hall of the feast came the sinful and fair

Author: J. J. Callanan
Tune: [To the hall of the feast came the sinful and fair]
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1. To the hall of the feast came the sinful and fair;
She heard in the city that Jesus was there;
Unheeding the splendor that blazed on the board,
She silently knelt at the feet of the Lord,
She silently knelt at the feet of the Lord.

2. The frown and the murmur went round thro’ them all,
That one so unhallowed should tread in that hall;
And some said the poor would be objects more meet,
As the wealth of her perfume she showered on His feet,
As the wealth of her perfume she showered on His feet.

3. She heard but the Savior; she spoke but with sighs;
She dared not look up to the heaven of His eyes;
And hot tears gushed forth at each heave of her breast,
As her lips to His sandals were throbbingly pressed;
As her lips to His sandals were throbbingly pressed.

4. In the sky, after tempest, as shineth the bow,
In glance of the sunshine, as melteth the snow,
He looked on that lost one: her sins were forgiv’n,
And the sinner went forth in the beauty of Heav’n;
And the sinner went forth in the beauty of Heav’n.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #6127

Author: J. J. Callanan

[Jeremiah Joseph Callanan] was born at Cork in 1795, and died at Lisbon in 1829. [Rev. James Mearns, M.A.] --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)  Go to person page >

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First Line: To the hall of the feast came the sinful and fair
Title: Mary Magdalen
Author: J. J. Callanan
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

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To the hall of the feast came that sinful and fair. J. J. Callanan. [St. Mary Magdalene.] This is given in his Recluse of Inchidony and other Poems, London, 1830, p. 108. It is repeated in W. Young's Catholic Choralist, 1842, in I. D. Sankey's Songs and Solos, 1878, and others, generally reading "the sinful and fair." The author was born at Cork in 1795, and died at Lisbon in 1829. [Rev. James Mearns, M.A.]

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)

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