Glory to God! The morn appointed breaks

An Easter hymn to sing along with…

This hymn was published in Hymns from the Morningland (being translations, centos and suggestions from the service books of the Holy Eastern Church) in 1911. This book was produced by Revd John Brownlie (1857-1925) and the full text can be found on Project Gutenberg. John Brownlie was a minister in the Presbytery of Glasgow (Church of Scotland), and is best known for his translations of early Greek and Latin hymns into English. The original author of the hymn is unknown.

The words are coupled here by a tune Winton by Sir George Dyson (1883-1964). A musician and composer, he was born in Halifax and before WW1 he studied at the Royal College of Music (of which he was made Director in 1938). He wrote five hymn tunes, but they are not often found in hymnals. Winton is a joyful tune, suitable for this Easter hymn and could also be used for Tell out, my soul. There is a modern descant by Donald Davison for the last verse.

While serving in WW1, Dyson wrote GRENADE WARFARE Notes on the Training & Organization of Grenadiers. Not a tune you could hum.


Glory to God! The morn appointed breaks,
And earth awakes from all the woeful past;
For, with the morn, the Lord of Life awakes,
And sin and death into the grave are cast.

Glory to God! The cross, with all its shame,
Now sheds its glory o’er a ransomed world;
For He who bore the burden of our blame,
With piercèd hands the foe to hell hath hurled.

Glory to God! Sing ransomed souls again,
And let your songs our glorious Victor laud,
Who by His might hath snapped the tyrant’s chain,
And set us free to rise with Him to God.

Darkness and night, farewell! the morn is here;
Welcome! the light that ushers in the day;
Visions of joy before our sight appear,
And, like the clouds, our sorrows melt away.

Great Son of God, Immortal and renowned!
Brighter than morn the glory on Thy brow;
Crowns must be won, and Thou art nobly crowned,
For death is dead, and sin is vanquished now.

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