If you missed yesterday’s hymn by Wesley, here it is: Hymn of the Day: Jesus, Lover of My Soul.

Today’s hymn is both an older hymn by William Hurn and a newer version by Indelible Grace.

There is not much recorded, at least from what I could find, of Hurn. Here is a brief biography of him:

Hurn, William, born at Breccles Hall, Norfolk, Dec. 21, 1754. His education was superior, enabling him, in 1777 to take the post of classical tutor in the Free Grammar School, Dedham, Essex. In 1779 he entered the army, but resigning his commission in 1780, he was ordained by Bishop Young of Norwich, in 1781. After holding various curacies, including Beighton Broome, Stowmarket, &c, he was presented in 1790 to the Vicarage of Debenham, Suffolk. In October, 1822, he resigned his Vicarage, and in April, 1823, undertook the pastorate of the Congregational chapel at Woodbridge, in the same county. This he retained to his death, Oct. 9, 1829. – Taken from Dictionary of Hymnology.

I recognize that most of you, if not all of you including myself, have never sung this hymn. There are many a great hymn that have never been sung in the Church today, but I hope to change that by adding this to your hymnals! Take a listen to the original hymn and then take a listen to Indelible Grace’s version.

As far as I can tell the tune is familiar, played to Charles Wesley’s Rejoice, the Lord is King! But it is the words you probably have not sung! Here is the Mormon Tabernacle Choir singing this hymn (I’m not Mormon, but find the Mormon Tabernacle Choir sings beautifully).

Now, here is Indelible Grace’s version, which I like. The different tune helps me to not confuse it with Wesley’s great hymn!

Perhaps William Hurn had the words of Isaiah on his mind as he wrote the lyrics to his hymn.

Isaiah 60:2–3 (ESV)

For behold, darkness shall cover the earth,

and thick darkness the peoples;

but the Lord will arise upon you,

and his glory will be seen upon you.

And nations shall come to your light,

and kings to the brightness of your rising.

Whatever was on his mind his lyrics show a profound praise for God and his consummation of all things.

Here is the original hymn:

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And here is the Indelible Grace chorus sheet:

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