Behold the great Creator makes
Behold the great Creator makes. Thomas Pestel* (1586-1667).
First published in Pestel’s Sermons and Devotions, Old and New (1659), where it forms verses from ‘A Psalm for Christmass day morning’. This begins:
Fairest of morning Lights appear, Thou blest and gaudy day,On whom was born our Saviour dear, Make haste and come away.
The hymn begins at verse 5 of this poem, and in its usual form continues to the end (verse 9). It was included in EH, set to the 15th-century tune THIS ENDRIS NYGHT, and has since been included in many other books, including A&MR and subsequent editions of A&M, BBCHB, CP, CH3, WOV, NEH and (with alterations) RS. A modernized version is in...
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