I know not if, or dark or bright (Joseph Barnby)

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Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2018-11-27).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 52 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: I know not if, or dark or bright
Tune: Canterbury
Composer: Joseph Barnby
Lyricist: Henry Alford

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn Meter: 84. 84. D

Language: English
Instruments: Organ

Published: 1897

Description: No.129 from Hymn Tunes by Joseph Barnby, Novello (1897)

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Original text and translations

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I know not if or dark or bright
Shall be my lot;
If that wherein my hopes delight
Be best or not.
Dear faces may surround my health
With smiles and glee,
Or I may dwell alone, and mirth
Be strange to me.

My bark is wafted to the strand
By breath divine,
And on its helm there rests a hand
Other than mine.
One who was known in storms to sail
I have on board;
Above the roaring of the gale
I hear my Lord.

Safe to the land! safe to the land!
The end is this,
And then with Him go hand in hand,
Far into bliss.