This three-stanza hymn in an extended Hallelujah Metre ( has heading references to Psalms 27:4, 118:24, and 119:72, and one other (hope I get soon to where I can identify the other books by their abbreviations!). The 1963 hymnal attributes the text to Mrs. C. H. Vinton, matriarch of Karen hymnists. The tune, LISCHER (also called Das Lie­ben Bringt Groß Freud), is of Swabian folk origin, and achieved its current four-part hymn-tune arrangement under Lowell Mason’s hand. It is associated in English with a Sabbath-themed text “Welcome, delightful morn”.

1) How widely sung (and deeply loved) is it in Karen worship?

2) What does the text say, and can an appropriate three-stanza English counterpart be supplied?




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