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Before the cock crew twice

Before the cock crew twice. Hallgrim Pjetursson* (1614-1674), translated by Charles Venn Pilcher* (1879-1961). Hallgrim Pjetursson (Hallgrímur Pétursson) wrote fifty hymns on the Passion of Christ, which he completed in 1659. This is from the twelfth hymn, entitled ‘Um ithran Péturs’ (‘The Remorse of Peter’), beginning ‘Péter þar sat í sal’. It is still sung in Iceland at Passiontide and during Lent. The translation of selected portions of Pjetursson’s hymn was made by Pilcher in 1921 and published in his Icelandic Meditations on the Passion (Toronto, 1923). It was later printed in the Australian supplement (1947) to the Canadian Book of Common Praise (1938), and in Pilcher’s Icelandic...

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