The saint who first found grace to pen

The saint who first found grace to pen. Laurence Housman* (1865-1959). This hymn for St Mark’s day was written for EH. It was included in SofP and, without the doxology*, in NEH. It does not draw on the facts or suppositions regarding the life of St Mark, nor does it refer to his symbol of the lion (which is central to Cecil Frances Alexander*’s hymn on the same theme, ‘From out the cloud of fiery light’). Instead, the hymn concentrates on St Mark’s achievement in writing the first gospel, and celebrates that gospel’s inspiration by the Holy Spirit and its continuing value to believers and for evangelism. Sheila...

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