We’ve a story to tell to the nations

We’ve a story to tell to the nations. Henry Ernest Nichol* (1862–1926) This hymn was first published in the UK in The Sunday School Hymnary (London, 1896) and in the USA in Hymns and Tunes for Schools (New York, 1907), edited by Herbert B. Turner. Nichols gave the name MESSAGE (1894) to the tune that he composed. Some early collections assign the name ‘Colin Sterne’, a near anagram of  Nichol’s middle and last names (Reynolds, 1976, p. 237). This hymn is by far the most published work by Nichol.  Inspired by the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19–20), the text contains many additional scriptural allusions, as in stanza 1 line 2 (Ecclesiastes 10: 2, Matthew 23: 33): We’ve a story to tell to the...

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