John Cawood was born in 1775, at Matlock, Derbyshire, where his father carried on a small farm. He enjoyed very limited educational advantages. At the age of eighteen he occupied a menial position. But seeking every opportunity of self improvement, and aided by those who interested themselves in his behalf, he was enabled in 1797 to enter S. Edmund Hall, Oxford, and obtained his B.A. in 1801, and his M.A. in 1807. He was ordained in 1801, and most of his life in the ministry was spent as perpetual Curate of S. Ann's Chapel of Ease, Bewdley, Worcestershire. He died in 1852. He published several prose works, but no volume of hymns or poems. His son says, "My father composed about thirteen hymns, which have one by one got into print, th… Go to person page >
Hark! what mean those holy voices. J. Cawood. [Christmas.] This popular hymn appeared in 1819 in the 8th edition of Cotterill's Selection, No. 269, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines, with the refrain, "Hallelujah." In common with all the hymns in that Selection it was unsigned; but when republished by J. Montgomery in his Christian Psalmist, 1825, it was attributed to "Cawood." In some works, and collections, it is dated 1816; but in J. Cawood's son's correspondence with D. Sedgwick, it is undated [S. MSS.], and failing further information, it mutt remain as 1819. Of all Cawood's hymns this is the most popular. It is in extensive use in Great Britain and America. Original text in Snepp's Songs of Grace & Glory, 1872, No. 205, with "glory sing" for "praises sing" in stanza iv., line 2.
BETHANY, named after the village near Jerusalem, is a suitably dramatic tune for the song text. It was composed by Henry Smart (b. Marylebone, London, England, 1813; d. Hampstead, London, 1879), a capable composer of church music who wrote some very fine hymn tunes (REGENT SQUARE, 354, is the best-k…
Display Title: Hark! what mean those holy voices, Sweetly sounding thro' the skiesFirst Line: Hark! what mean those holy voices, Sweetly sounding thro' the skiesTune Title: [Hark! What Mean Those Holy Voices?]Date: 2000
Display Title: Hark! What Mean Those Holy VoicesFirst Line: Hark! what mean those holy voicesTune Title: ST. OSWALDAuthor: John CawoodMeter: 8. 7. 8. 7.Scripture: Luke 2:14Date: 2017Subject: Christ | Advent
Display Title: Hark! What Mean Those Holy Voices?First Line: Hark! what mean those holy voicesTune Title: RATHBUNAuthor: John CawoodMeter: 87.87Source: Selection of Psalms and Hymns for Public and Private Use, by Thomas Cotterill (London: 1819)