Wake the Song

Author: Jane Elizabeth Leeson

Leeson, Jane E.. The earliest work by Miss Leeson with which we are acquainted is her Infant Hymnings. Then followed Hymns and Scenes of Childhood, or A Sponsor's Gift (London, James Burns; Nottingham, Dearden), 1842, in which the Infant Hymnings were incorporated. Concerning Pt. ii. of the Hymns and Scenes, &c, Miss Leeson says, "For the best of the Poems in the second part, the Writer is indebted to a friend." In the Rev. Henry Formby's Catholic Hymns arranged in order for the principal Festivals, Feasts of Saints, and other occasions of Devotion throughout the Year, London, Burns and Lambert, N.D. [1851], "Imprimatur, N. Cardinalis Wiseman, May 3rd, 1853," her translation of Victimae Paschali (“Christ the Lord is risen to-day"), and he… Go to person page >

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First Line: Wake the song, O Zion's daughter
Title: Wake the Song
Author: Jane Elizabeth Leeson
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


Wake the song, O Zion's daughter. [Palm Sunday.] This hymn appeared in E. W. Eddis's Irvingite Hymns for the Use of the Churches, in 1864, and is therein accredited to "J. E. L.," i.e. Jane E. Leeson. It is however a curious cento and is thus composed:—
St. i. Original, by Miss Leeson, based on Dr. Neale's translation of "Gloria, laus, et honor," in theHymnal Noted.
St. ii. Composed of stanzas iv. v. of the same tr. by Dr. Neale, with two or three verbal alterations.
St. iii. 1l. 1-4. Altered from a doxology in the Countess of Huntingdon's Collection, 1780, No. 294; 1l. 5, 6 from Dr. Neale, as above; and ll. 7-9 added by Miss Leeson.
This cento is of more than usual excellence, and might be used with advantage.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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