When morning gilds the skies

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When morning gilds the skies,
My heart awaking cries:
May Jesus Christ be praised!
Alike at work and prayer
To Jesus I repair:
May Jesus Christ be praised!
2
To Thee, my God above,
I cry with glowing love,
May Jesus Christ be praised!
The fairest graces spring
In hearts that ever sing,
May Jesus Christ be praised!
3
Does sadness fill my mind?
A solace here I find,
May Jesus Christ be praised!
Or fades my earthly bliss?
My comfort still is this,
May Jesus Christ be praised!
4
When evil thoughts molest,
With this I shield my breast,
May Jesus Christ be praised!
The powers of darkness fear,
When this sweet chant they hear,
May Jesus Christ be praised!
5
When sleep her balm denies,
My silent spirit sighs,
May Jesus Christ be praised!
The night becomes as day,
When from the heart we say,
May Jesus Christ be praised!
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Be this, while life is mine,
My canticle divine,
May Jesus Christ be praised!
Be this th’ eternal song
Through all the ages long,
May Jesus Christ be praised!
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Barbara

Downingtown, PA, United States

The beautiful winter sun rises and peeks through the bare trees to reveal its lovely colors, this song comes to mind. May Jesus Christ be praised knowing that He is ever present in our daily lives.


William Jeng

Irvine, CA, United States

Whatever happens to us, You are still worthy of our praises! You are enthroned upon our praises. No matter how our outward situations or inward conditions may be, we will still praise You, worthy One! We begin this year by praising You for who you are. Keep us praising You all the days of our lives!


Laura

Alfreton, Derbyshire, United Kingdom

The Lord brought this song of praise to me this morning after an attack from Satan last night He is worthy to be praised who lifted me and at the name of Jesus demons will have to flee


Ruthie Percentie

Freeport, Grand Bahama, Bahamas

GOOD MORNING This Hymn is so Divine As the sun gild. the skies in the morning and this song is sung with sincere meditation bring SUCH comfort to the SOUL LOVE IT


Frank Bbacchus

Bristol, Connecticut, United States

It soothes my heart and mind and blesses me.


Mirzah

Dumaguete City, Philippines

Thanks Steve for the additional stanzas/verses. Appreciate it!


Mrs Josephine Mensah

Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom

Every morning is a gift from God. May Jesus Christ be praised.


Ana Lara

United States

English hymnody derives its richness from earlier Latin, Greek and German sources which were translated during the mid-nineteenth century. These English hymn writers were a part of a movement within the Anglican Church called the Oxford Movement. The rediscovery of the writings of the Middle Ages became important during this time. Another goal this movement had was to recover the Anglican Church to the true Apostolic Church ordained by Jesus Christ Himself. Many felt that looseness within the church had creeped in as a result of the Evangelical influence with its stress upon the individual and his need for a personal conversion experience.

The Oxford Movement began in 1833 with a sermon by John Keble titled “National Apostasy.” For several years this movement tenaciously directed religious England. Some Anglican leaders joined the Catholic Church preferring the liturgical-hierarchical church.

One of these leaders was Edward Caswall, one of the best known scholars and translators of his time. He was born in Edgbaston, Birmingham, England in 1814. Caswall graduated from Oxford College and was ordained a minister of the Anglican Church at the age of twenty-six. While in Oxford he became involved in the Oxford Movement. After pastoring a church in Stratford for seven years, he resigned and traveled to Rome with his wife where they were accepted into the Roman Church. From then on until his death in 1878 Caswall made it his life’s mission to translate early hymns for the services of the Catholic Church. One well known hymn is “Jesus, the Very Though of Thee.”

Nothing is known of the original writer of this text other than the fact that he was German. The hymn first appeared in a German hymnal in 1828. Other writers also attempted English translations of this text, but Caswall’s version in 1853 became the most popular in England and the United States. Throughout his life he kept adding verses until the hymn included twenty-eight stanzas.

The tune called, “Lauded Domini” (Praises of the Lord) was composed for this text in 1868 by Joseph Barnby. Born in London, England, Barnby achieved many musical accomplishments including editing five important hymnals and being knighted by Queen Victoria in 1892.


Ebun Bamgboye

Lagos, Nigeria

May His name be forever praised!


Taryn

Indianapolis, IN

Saw the golden glow off the western maple trees in my backyard this morning and thought of this song. Wanted to find the lyrics. Looks like there are quite a few verses, all reasons and remembrances: May Jesus Christ be praised!