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First Unitarian Church, Milwaukee

Above:  First Unitarian Church, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Image Source = Library of Congress

William Channing Gannett (1840-1923), was a Unitarian minister and a social reformer.  He, for example, worked with former slaves immediately after the U.S. Civil War and had a leadership role in the movement to extend voting rights to women.


Bring, O Morn, Thy Music:

From Heart to Heart:


Posted July 26, 2015 by neatnik2009 in Sources G

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Scottish Countryside in the Morning

Above:  Scottish Countryside in the Morning

Image in the Public Domain

Text (1893) by William Channing Gannett (1840-1923)

Hymn Source = The New Hymnal for American Youth (1930)


1.  Bring, O morn, thy music, night, thy starlit silence;

Oceans, chant the rapture to the storm-winds coursing free:

Sun and stars are singing, thou art our Creator,

Who wert, and art, and evermore shalt be.

2.  Life and death, thy creatures, praise thee, Mighty Giver:

Praise and prayer are rising in thy beast and bird and tree:

Lo! they praise and vanish, vanish at thy bidding,

Who wert, and art, and evermore shalt be.

3.  Light us, lead us, love us! cry thy groping nations,

Pleading in the thousand tongues, but naming only thee,

Weaving blindly out thy holy, happy purpose,

Who wert, and art, and evermore shalt be.

4.  Life nor death can part us, O thou Love eternal,

Shepherd of the wandering star, and souls that wayward flee;

Homeward draws our spirit to thy Spirit yearning,

Who wert, and art, and evermore shalt be.

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Ohio River

Above:  Ohio River

Image in the Public Domain

Hymn Source = Hymns of the Spirit (1937), American Unitarian Association and Universalist Church of America

Text (1875) by William Channing Gannett (1840-1923)


1.  From heart to heart, from creed to creed

The hidden river runs;

It quickens all the ages down,

It binds the sires to sons,–

2.  The stream of faith, whose source is God,

Whose sound, the sound of prayer,

Whose meadows are the holy lives

Upspringing ev’rywhere.

3.  And still it moves, a broadening flood,

And fresher, fuller grows

A sense as if the sea were near,

Towards which the river flows.

4.  O thou who art the secret Source

That riseth in each soul,

Thou art the Ocean, too–and thine,

That ever deepening roll!