The day has dawn'd, Jehovah comes (William Tansur)
- Editor: Tim Henderson (submitted 2005-12-27). Score information: A4, 1 page, 57 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: From Benjamin Jacob's National Psalmody.
Description: Hymn Tune by William Tansur set to words by Dr. John Rippon celebrating the Abolition of Slavery Act 1807. Instrumental interlude ("symphony") between verses by Benjamin Jacob.
Extract from Rippon's Hymnal:
The Bill for the Abolition of the Slave Trade having received the Royal Assent, the people of colour, residing in and about the cities of London and Westminster, were invited to keep a day of Thanksgiving to Almighty God - and the day commonly called Good Friday was understood to be their only day of general leisure. Accordingly, on that day, March 27 1807, a Vast Congregation of them assembled at Dr. Rippon's place of Worship in Carter Lane when he delivered a sermon to them, on Psalm lxviii. 31 - Ethiopia shall soon stretch out her hands unto God; and also gave the verses below, which were sung, as the memorable occasion required, with great animation.
Original text and translations
no 535 (3rd P) C.M. New York 33 Prov. College 10
A song in prospect of the Abolition of the Slave Trade
'Detested crime! of vices first,
Most infamous, and most accurs'd!'
1 The day has dawn'd, Jehovah comes
To crush oppression's rod;
Now Ethiopia soon shall stretch
Her hands to thee, O God!
2 Where'er the sun doth rise or set,
Or spread his bounteous ray,
May freedom with her glorious train,
Hurl slavery away!
3 Let charity, benevolence,
And ev'ry smiling grace,
In golden links of brotherhood
Unite the human race.
4 Then, brilliant as the mid-day sun,
And as the ocean wide,
Christ in the chariot of his grace
Triumphantly shall ride.
5 Tyrants no more shall lift the scourge,
Nor captives drag the chain;
Millions, beatified, shall bless
The dear Redeemer's reign.
6 Then every colour, every clime
Shall in his worship meet;
And bring their prayers, their praise, their All,
An offering at his feet.
7*' Lord, for those days we wait; those days
Are in thy word foretold;
Fly swifter, sun and stars, and bring
This promis'd age of gold.
8 Amen, with joys divine, let earth's
Unnumber'd myriads cry;
Amen, with joy divine, let heav'n's
Unnumber'd choirs reply.'
The following plain verse to be sung first by the people of colour, and then by the whole congregation.
9 Free us from sin and all its chains,
The worst of slavery ;
Bind us to Christ in holy bonds,
The sweetest liberty.
*Verses 7 and 8 from the selection were not sung.