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The great forerunner of the morn




The great forerunner of the morn,
The herald of the Word, is born:
And faithful hearts shall never fail
With thanks and praise his light to hail.


With heavenly message
Gabriel came,
That John should be
that herald’s name,
And with prophetic utterance told
His actions great and manifold.


John, still unborn, yet gave aright
His witness to the coming Light;
And Christ, the Sun
of all of all the earth,
Fulfilled that witness at His birth.


Of woman born shall never be
A greater prophet than was he,
Whose mighty deeds exalt his fame
To greater than a prophet’s name.


But why should mortal accents raise
The hymn of John
the Baptist’s praise?
Of whom, or e’er his course was run,
Thus spake the Father to the Son?


“Behold, My herald, who shall go
Before Thy face Thy way to show,
And shine, as with
the day-star’s gleam,
Before Thine own eternal beam.”


All praise to God the Father be,
All praise, eternal Son, to Thee,
Whom with the Spirit we adore
Forever and forevermore.

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LYRICS
Meter: 8 8 8 8 (L.M.)
Writer(s):
    Trans/Adapted:
      Dates: 1854
      Bible Refs: Mal 3:1; Mal 3:1;
      LIST OF LYRIC SOURCES
      Hymn/Song Book Year Song #
      1960# 175
      1950# 553
      1922# 415
      1982# 271
      MUSIC
      Name: BECCLES
      Meter: 8 8 8 8 (L.M.)
      Writer(s):
        Dates: 1625
        LIST OF MUSIC SOURCES
        Hymn/Song Book Song # Key
        # 415C
        ALTERNATIVE TUNES
        Name meter
        8 8 8 8 (L.M.)
        8 8 8 8 (L.M.)
        8 8 8 8 (L.M.)

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