Now to heav’n our cry ascending
Now to heav’n our cry ascending. William Edward Hickson* (1803-1870). First published in Hickson's The Singing Master (1836). It was written to fit the Welsh tune AR HYD Y NOS by Hickson, who was a musical educator and provider of moral songs to fit the music: it weaves variations on the thrice-repeated ‘God speed the right’ in each verse:
Now to heav’n our cry ascending, God speed the right!In a noble cause contending, God speed the right!May we live our lives before thee,Like the good and great in story;If we fail, we fail with glory, God speed the right!
It was popular in the USA in the 19th century, and in Britain it was found in The Sunday School Hymnal (1905), in four verses, and...
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