God from on high hath heard (Joseph Barnby)

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  • (Posted 2018-11-13)   CPDL #51875:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2018-11-13).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 60 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transcribed from the edition on IMSLP. Note values halved. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.

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Title: God from on high hath heard
Tune: Via Crucis
Composer: Joseph Barnby
Lyricist: James Russell Woodford

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn   Meter: 66. 66

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1897 in Hymn Tunes, no. 66, p. 32

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Original text and translations

Engish text


1  God from on high hath heard;
Let sighs and sorrows cease;
Lo! from the opening Heav’n descends
To man the promised Peace.

2  Hark! through the silent night
Angelic voices swell;
Their joyful songs proclaim that God
Is born on earth to dwell.

3  See how the shepherd band
Speed on with eager feet;
Come to the hallowed cave with them
The Holy Babe to greet.

4  But, oh, what sight appears
Within that lowly door!
A manger, stall, and swaddling clothes,
A Child and mother poor!


5  Art Thou the Christ? the Son?
Te Father’s image bright?
And see we Him whose arm upholds
Earth and the starry height?

6  Yea, faith can pierce the cloud
Which veils Thy glory now;
We hail Thee, God, before whose throne
The angels prostrate bow.

7  A silent Teacher, Lord,
Thou bidd’st us not refuse
To bear what flesh would have us shun,
To shun what flesh would choose.

8  Our sinful pride to cure
With that pure love of Thine,
O be Thou born within our hearts,
Most Holy Child divine.