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Welcome to Hyperion Records, an independent British classical label devoted to presenting high-quality recordings of music of all styles and from all periods from the twelfth century to the twenty-first.
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Children of the heavenly King,
As ye journey sweetly sing;
Sing your Saviour’s worthy praise,
Glorious in His works and ways.
We are travelling home to God,
In the way the fathers trod;
They are happy now, and we
Soon their happiness shall see.
Fear not, brethren; joyful stand
On the borders of your land:
Jesus Christ, your Father’s Son,
Bids you undismayed go on.
Lord, obediently we go,
Gladly leaving all below:
Only thou our Leader be,
And we still will follow Thee.
John Cennick (1718-1755)
John Cennick was one of the remarkable group of people who worked with John Wesley in the early years of the development of the Methodist Movement. He came from a Quaker family, but was brought up in the Church of England. He was appointed by Wesley as a teacher at a school for miners’ children at Kingswood, near Bristol. He became the first lay preacher among the Methodists. He left the Wesleyans on doctrinal grounds and allied himself with Whitfield, and eventually joined the Moravians.
He published this hymn in his Sacred Hymns for the Children of God in the Days of their Pilgrimage (1742). Despite the appearance of the word ‘children’ this is not a children’s hymn in intention, but in its simplicity, with some minor amendments, has served well enough as such.
Lübeck is one of any number of tunes sung to these words. It is an early 18th century German tune, simplified for inclusion in Hymns Ancient and Modern 1861.