Sunday, June 20, 2021

We have a gospel to proclaim

“We have a gospel to proclaim” is a hymn recent enough, I think, that it is still under copyright. Here are two stanzas. The entire hymn may be seen in Singing the Faith: Words Edition (The Methodist Church, 2011, No. 418).

1. We have a gospel to proclaim 
Good news for men in all the earth; 
The gospel of a Saviour’s name: 
We sing His glory, tell His worth. 
2. Tell of His birth at Bethlehem, 
Not in a royal house or hall 
But in a stable dark and dim: 
The Word made flesh, a light for all. 

The author, Edward Joseph Burns was born in 1938 in Nelson, Lancashire, England. He is a priest or canon in the Church of England. This hymn is Long Meter. In the music edition of Singing the Faith, it is presented with the tune Walton or Fulda by William Gardiner (1770-1853), found in his Sacred Melodies, 1815.

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