There is a green hill far away
There is a green hill far away. Cecil Frances Alexander* (1818-1895).
First published in Hymns for Little Children (1848). It was one of the hymns on articles of the Apostles’ Creed, with the heading ‘Suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried’. It became widely known after its appearance in the Appendix (1868) to the First Edition of A&M with its tune HORSLEY by William Horsley* (1774-1858). Since that time it would be hard to find a major hymn book that has not included it.
It is a simple but profound hymn, explaining the doctrine of the Atonement in language that can be easily understood by a child, and ending with a suggestion that comes from a Sunday-school...
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