Hark! the gospel news is sounding
Hark! the gospel news is sounding. ?Hugh Bourne* (1772-1852) and ?William Sanders (1799-1882?). First published in the Large Hymn Book for the Use of the Primitive Methodists (Bemersley, 1824). It had four verses. It was designated as by ‘W.S. & H.B.’ Perhaps on the basis that Sanders’s initials came first, John Flesher attributed it to him in the Primitive Methodist Hymn Book (1854), and this was followed by the Primitive Methodist Hymnal (1887, 1889). It was included in MHB, again attributed to Sanders.
The hymn is characteristic of early Primitive Methodism, with its stress on grace that is ‘flowing like a river’ and its expectation of heaven, where ‘we’ll bathe in the full ocean/...
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