Hannah K. Burlingham

Miss Hannah K. Burlingham, a Plymouth Brethren hymn writer

As noted in a recent post, we sang, “Everlasting Glory unto Jesus Be” by Miss Hannah K. Burlingham. In researching that post, I found out that the author was a Plymouth Brethren. Of course, our hymnal has songs from believers from many Christian denominations, but I found this interesting.

Miss Burlingham (1842-1901) was raised a Quaker, but in early adulthood became a Brethren. She then wrote many hymns and poems, including the one we sang last Sunday.

You can you read a brief biography of her at STEM Publishing

(There are different kinds of Plymouth brethren. We are open Plymouth Brethren, also called Christian Brethren. Briefly, our beliefs are within conservative evangelical Bible believing Christians and if you visit, you’ll find our worship service very similar to other churches with a hymn singing worship service. You can read other posts about this What are Open Plymouth Brethren (Christian Brethren) – Part 1: practical notes for newcomers and What are Open Plymouth Brethren (Christian Brethren) – Part 2: A Brief Introduction)

Sunday Hymns – “Everlasting Glory unto Jesus Be”

Last Sunday, we sang, “Everlasting Glory unto Jesus Be” as the closing hymn of our worship service and before our communion service. This song about Christ’s incarnation, death, resurrection, our salvation and proclamation of the gospel, I felt, was a good transition between worship and communion.

Also, the music used is commonly used for “Onward Christian Soldiers,” too. This, to me, was a reminder that Our strength comes from the Lord; we are soldiers for the Lord by his power and the work he has done and does.

Everlasting Glory unto Jesus Be
Words by Hannah K. Burlingham & music by Arthur S. Sullivan

1. Everlasting glory Unto Jesus be! Sing aloud the story Of His victory!
How He left the splendor Of His home on high,
Came, in love so tender, On the cross to die.

Everlasting glory Unto Jesus be!
Sing aloud the story Of His victory.

2. Yes! He came from heaven, Suffered in our stead;
Praise to Him be given, “Firstborn from the dead!”
Jesus, meek and lowly, Came the lost to save;
He the victim holy, Triumphed o’er the grave.


3. We in death were lying, Lost in hopeless gloom;
Jesus by His dying Vanquished e’en the tomb!
Burst its iron portal, Rolled away the stone,
Rose in life immortal To the Father’s throne.


4. Christ is Lord of Glory, Sing we now today;
Tell abroad the story, Own His rightful sway!
Sing aloud; and never Cease to spread His fame,
Triumph, now and ever, In the Savior’s name.