Reginald Heber

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Reginald Heber (April 21, 1783 - April 3, 1826) was an English bishop, now remembered chiefly as a hymn-writer.



  • Brightest and best of the sons of the morning,
    Dawn on our darkness, and lend us thine aid.
    • Epiphany, st. 1 (1811)
  • By cool Siloam's shady rill
    How sweet the lily grows!
    • First Sunday After Epiphany, no. 2 (1812)
  • The Son of God goes forth to war,
    A kingly crown to gain;
    His blood red banner streams afar:
    Who follows in His train?
  • From Greenland's icy mountains,
    From India's coral strand,
    Where Afric's sunny fountains
    Roll down their golden sand.
  • Though every great prospect pleases,
    And only man is vile.
    • Missionary Hymn, st. 2 (1819)
  • The heathen in his blindness
    Bows down to wood and stone.
    • Missionary Hymn, st. 2 (1819)
  • Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty!
    Early in the morning our song shall rise to Thee:
    Holy, Holy, Holy! Merciful and Mighty!
    God in Three Persons, Blessed Trinity.


  • Failed the bright promise of your early day.
    • Palestine.
  • No hammers fell, no ponderous axes rung;
    Like some tall palm the mystic fabric sprung.

Majestic silence!

    • Palestine. Note: Altered in later editions to: "No workman’s steel, no ponderous axes rung, Like some tall palm the noiseless fabric sprung".
  • When Spring unlocks the flowers to paint the laughing soil.
    • Seventh Sunday after Trinity.
  • Death rides on every passing breeze,
    He lurks in every flower.
    • At a Funeral, No. i.
  • Thou art gone to the grave; but we will not deplore thee,
    Though sorrows and darkness encompass the tomb.
    • At a Funeral, No. ii.
  • Thus heavenly hope is all serene,
    But earthly hope, how bright soe’er,
    Still fluctuates o’er this changing scene,
    As false and fleeting as ’t is fair.
    • On Heavenly Hope and Earthly Hope.
    • I see them on their winding way,
      About their ranks the moonbeams play.
    • Lines written to a March.

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