At break of day three women came
At break of day three women came. Janet Wootton* (1952- ). Originally published in Hymns and Congregational Songs Vol. 2 No.1 (1990) and then unaltered in Story Song and Reflecting Praise (both 1993). The hymn was originally set to STOURBRIDGE (anonymous but arranged by June Boyce-Tillman*). Two versions of the text are offered, one for this tune and the other for KINGSFOLD. This latter shortens the penultimate line of each verse, so in verse 1 ‘They worship in the light of day’ becomes ‘They worship in full day’. The hymn of the Easter dawn reflects on Matthew 28: 1-8 and Mark 16: 1-8 and is helpful in presenting the story of the women who were first to witness the resurrection.
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