Ye Christian heralds, go, proclaim

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1 Ye Christian heralds, go, proclaim
Salvation in Emmanuel's name;
To distant climes the tidings bear,
And plant the rose of Sharon there.

2 God shield you with a wall of fire,
With holy zeal your breasts inspire,
Bid raging winds their fury cease,
And calm the savage breast to peace.

3 And when our labours all are o'er,
Then may we meet to part no more,--
Meet, with the ransomed throng to fall,
And crown the Saviour Lord of all.

Hymnal: according to the use of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America, 1871

Author: Bourne H. Draper

Draper, Bourne Hall, born at Cumnor, near Oxford, in 1775, and educated for the Baptist Ministry at the Bristol Academy, under the Rev. Dr. J. Rylands. He was pastor of the Baptist Church at Chipping Norton 1804, and subsequently at Southampton, where he d. Oct. 12, 1843. See note on his hymn," Ye Christian heroes, go, proclaim," p. 1296, ii. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)  Go to person page >


Ye Christian heroes [heralds], go, proclaim. Draper, B. H. [Farewell to Missionaries.] This is one of two hymns compiled from a poem which first appeared in a newspaper as "Ruler of worlds, display Thy power;" then in Hymns Original & Select., &c, Portland, Maine, 1805, divided as two hymns; and again, as a complete poem, in the Baptist Magazine, vol. viii. 1816, p. 88, where it is given in 28 lines, and begins: "Sovereign of worlds, display Thy power." The hymns compiled therefrom are:—
1. Sovereign of worlds, display Thy power. This cento in 4 stanzas of 4 lines was given in Pratt's Psalms & Hymns, 1829, No. 467, as a "Prayer for the Conversion of the World," and is composed of 11. 1-12, 17-20, slightly altered.
2. Ye Christian heroes! go, proclaim. This hymn is composed of 11. 17-28 slightly altered. It is found in several collections, including the Plymouth Collection1855; the Baptist Praise Book, 1871, and others. In the Sabbath Hymn Book, 1858; the Songs for the Sanctuary, 1865; Hymns and Songs of Praise, 1874, &c, it begins “Ye Christian heralds, go, proclaim."
The modern use of these hymns is mainly confined to America.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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