The Annunciation

’Twas night upon Judea’s hills

Author: Adelia C. Graves (1883, alt.)
Tune: FRANCES (McGranahan)
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1 ’Twas night upon Judea’s hills,
And sparkling shone her thousand rills
Beneath a starry sky;
While shepherds, on the dewy grass,
Watched the nocturnal shadows pass,
Till midnight hours drew nigh.

2 When, from the crystal walls above,
The white-winged messengers of love,
On joyous errand bent,
Sang through each upland, glade and glen,
Peace on the earth, good will to men,
Your Savior now is sent.

3 Judea’s hills take up the song,
Judea’s vales the strain prolong,
Peace and good-will and joy.
And mortal tongues, through endless days,
Shall chant the same in nobler lays,
And find it sweet employ.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #8013

Author: Adelia C. Graves

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Text Information

First Line: ’Twas night upon Judea’s hills
Title: The Annunciation
Author: Adelia C. Graves (1883, alt.)
Meter: 88.68.86
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


FRANCES (McGranahan)

Better known for his gospel songs than his hymn tunes, James McGranahan (PHH 99) wrote FRANCES in the latter part of the nineteenth century. Copyrighted in 1901 by McGranahan, the tune was set to this text in the 1912 Psalter and in every edition of the Psalter Hymnal. FRANCES is a rousing tune with…

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The Cyber Hymnal #8013
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