Brightest and best of the sons of the morning

Brightest and best of the sons of the morning. Reginald Heber* (1783-1826). First published in The Christian Observer (November 1811), this was one of the first of Heber’s hymns to be printed. It appears to have aroused controversy in some quarters: some objected to its use on the grounds that it is addressed to a star, and so might be seen as worshipping it; while others were fearful that its metre was too suggestive of a solemn dance. In spite of these obtuse reservations, the hymn was included in the celebrated, and suppressed, 8th edition of Thomas Cotterill*’s Selection of Psalms and Hymns (Sheffield, 1819) and has remained popular ever since, though it was slow to come into A&M,...

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