How beauteous were the marks divine
How beauteous were the marks divine. Arthur Cleveland Coxe* (1818-1896).
These stanzas were identified in JJ, p. 267, as coming from Coxe’s ‘Hymn to the Redeemer’, a poem of seven 8-line stanzas, written ca. 1840 and published in Halloween (Hartford, 1845) as one of the ‘Lays, Meditative and Devotional’ that followed ‘Halloween’ itself. It is uncertain when the selection of stanzas that became so popular was made, or by whom: it may have been by Henry Ward Beecher* for the Plymouth Collection of Hymns and Tunes (New York, 1855). Coxe’s hymn began ‘When o’er Judea’s vales and hills’. Beecher printed a six-stanza text:
How beauteous were the marks divine, That in Thy meekness used to shine,...
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