Away with gloom, away with doubt

Away with gloom, away with doubt. Edward Shillito* (1872-1948). From Shillito's collection of poems, Jesus of the Scars, and Other Poems (1919). It is an energetic Easter hymn that has become popular in Free Church books, and in Scotland, following its inclusion in MHB. At the request of the committee for that book, Robert George Thompson* composed the vigorous tune, BLAIRGOWRIE. That tune was found for these words in CP and HP, but CH3 invited William Mathias* to write a tune for it, BARNTON, and CH4 uses a tune by John L. Bell*, MORNING STAR. The hymn combines the Easter message with the welcome for spring in an attractive way, and deserves to be better...

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