Morning Hymns

One of my favorite times to write is early in the morning.

One of my favorite devotionals is Morning and Evening: A New Edition of the Classic Devotional Based on The Holy Bible, English Standard Version by C.H. Spurgeon.

One of my favorite Bible passages is Lamentations 3:21-26.

And some of my favorite morning hymns to read (yes, I like to read old hymns) were written or translated by John Brownlie (1857-1925).

While Brownlie is not well-known, he devoted much of his life to writing and translating hymns. You can read a short biography here. Toward the bottom of the page you will see several of his works available to download for free in PDF format. For instance, the Hymns of the Apostolic Church.

What I enjoy most about Brownlie’s hymn collection is the way he categorizes them into topics. He often has a Morning category, plus an Index of First Lines.

Below is a morning hymn from the Hymns of the Apostolic Church.

The morn awakes; from eastern hills
The golden light creation fills;
And arrows chase the night that flies
Before the ever-brightening skies.
The morn awakes; up, soul of mine,
And, like the morn, in beauty shine;
Strong, as the high-ascending sun,
Thy race of duty boldly run.
Night for the weary comes at length;
Morn gives the soul the needed strength;
Light shall thy path encircling, cheer,
And melt each lingering cloud of fear.
O Light of lights, when night descends,
And brooding fear my life attends,
Shew to my soul, that night departs
When morning trims her glowing darts.
O Christ, Who art my Better Sun,
Bright shines the day with Thee begun;
No terror can the mind oppress,
Nor cloud th’ aspiring soul distress.
To Thee, O glorious Light of light,
Be honour paid when morn is bright;
To Father, and to Spirit blest,
Be glory every day exprest.

Here’s a link to one of my own Morning Songs.


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