Reginald Heber was born in 1783 into a wealthy, educated family. He was a bright youth, translating a Latin classic into English verse by the time he was seven, entering Oxford at 17, and winning two awards for his poetry during his time there. After his graduation he became rector of his father's church in the village of Hodnet near Shrewsbury in the west of England where he remained for 16 years. He was appointed Bishop of Calcutta in 1823 and worked tirelessly for three years until the weather and travel took its toll on his health and he died of a stroke. Most of his 57 hymns, which include "Holy, Holy, Holy," are still in use today.
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"Hail the [thou] blest morn, see [when] the great Mediator" is an anonymous text which, in the (Fasola) shapenote tunebook traditions of the United States is frequently prefixed to Reginald Heber's Epiphany hymn, "Brightest and best of the sons of the morning". Heber's first stanza is sometimes set as the second stanza of the hymn, but perhaps more frequently cast as a refrain to this stanza and the remainder of Heber's. A number of significant tunes originated with this version of the hymn, but are sometimes set with Heber's original stanzas.
Display Title: Zion's Glad MorningFirst Line: Hail the blest morn when the great MediatorTune Title: [Hail the blest morning when the great Mediator]Author: Reginald HeberMeter: 11. 10. 11. 10.Scripture: Matthew 2:11Date: 2017Subject: Christ | Advent
Display Title: Hail the Bless’d MornFirst Line: Hail the bless’d morn, see the great MediatorTune Title: MORNING STARAuthor: Reginald HeberMeter: 18.104.22.168Scripture: Matthew 2:1-12; Luke 1:78-79Date: 2020Subject: Jesus Christ | Birth of; Jesus Christ | Images and Names ofSource: Christian Observer, 1811, alt.
Display Title: Brightest and BestFirst Line: Hail the blest morn! See the Great MediatorTune Title: STAR OF THE EASTAuthor: Reginald HeberDate: 1996Subject: Adoration | ; Angels | ; Christmas | ; Darkness | ; Epiphany | ; Gifts | ; God's Care | ; Nativity | ; Story of Jesus |