© 2016 Alan Humm
I didn't write this song. The lyrics were written
by Reginald Heber, an English rector, in 1811. There is a traditional
tune by James Harding, which is what you will find if you look it up in
your hymnal. This tune, however, was written by John Fischer, and was on
his 1974 album, "Still Life." This is my own arrangement. His version is
if you want to compare.
Modern hymnals will often replace Heber's "sons of the morning" with
"stars of the morning," either because they are trying to avoid gender
language, or because they think the congregants are too dim to catch
the reference to Job (38.7 where 'stars of the morning' are in synonymous
parallelism with 'sons of God').
A minor point is that in vs. 2, Heber has "Ruler of all" and I have "Savior
of all." This is not an improvement, just a screw-up on my part (singing
from faulty memory). Kristina followed my screw-up so it wouldn't sound
wierd with us singing different words.
I did a slideshow to accompany the music, which is on
if you feel like listening to it with visuals (traditional paintings).
Guitars, bass, keyboard, main vocals: Alan Humm
Second vocals: Kristina Ellis
Drums: Sam Oches
Thanks to Grace Church of Chapel Hill for allowing us to record
the drum part in the sanctuary.