From Greenland’s icy mountains

From Greenland’s icy mountains. Reginald Heber* (1783-1826). This famous missionary hymn was written on Whit-Saturday, 1819, at Wrexham, where Heber was visiting his father-in-law, Dr Shipley, who was Dean of St Asaph and Vicar of Wrexham. On that Whit-Sunday there was to be a special service throughout the land with a collection in support of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts, and the Dean asked Heber to write a hymn for the occasion. It was sung for the first time in Wrexham Church on the Sunday (though how it was copied in time for the service has never been explained). It was published in the Evangelical Magazine (July 1821) and again in the Christian...

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