Hail the Sign, the Sign of Jesus

Hail the Sign, the Sign of Jesus  (1866) 
by Sabine Baring-Gould

Words by Sa­bine Bar­ing-Gould, first published in the Church Times, 1866. Music is called "Groom­bridge" by W. J. Whitwhell, first published in The Eng­lish Hymn­al (Lon­don: Ox­ford Un­i­ver­si­ty Press, 1906), num­ber 592.

Hail the Sign, the Sign of Jesus,
Bright and royal Tree!
Standard of the Monarch, planted
First on Calvary!

   Refrain
   Hail the Sign all signs excelling,
   Hail the Sign all ills dispelling,
   Hail the Sign hell’s power quelling,
   Cross of Christ, all hail!

Sign the martyrs’ strength and refuge,
Sign to saints so dear!
Sign of evil men abhorrèd,
Sign which devils fear:

   Refrain

Sign which, when the Lord returneth,
In the heavens shall be;
Sinners quail, while saints with rapture
Shall the vision see:

   Refrain

Lo, I sign the Cross of Jesus
Meekly on my breast;
May it guard my heart when living,
Dying be its rest:

   Refrain

In the name of God the Father,
Name of God the Son,
Name of God the blessèd Spirit,
Ever Three in One:

   Refrain

This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1928.


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