Lux prima (John Stainer)

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  • CPDL #15584:            (Sibelius 4)
Editor: John Henry Fowler (submitted 2007-12-02).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 25 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Based on the edition from the Cyber Hymnal™ MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.

General Information

Title: Lux prima
Composer: John Stainer

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn   Meter: 8 12. 8 11

Language: English
Instruments: Keyboard

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Original text and translations

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1.
Come, my soul, thou must be waking;
Now is breaking over the earth another day;
Come to Him Who made this splendor;
See thou render all thy feeble powers can pay.

2.
Thou, too, hail the light returning
Ready burning be the incense of thy powers;
For the night is safely ended,
God hath tended with His care thy helpless hours.

3.
Pray that He may prosper ever
Each endeavor when thine aim is good and true;
But that He may ever thwart thee,
And convert thee, when thou evil wouldst pursue.

4.
Think that He thy ways beholdeth;
He unfoldeth every fault that lurks within;
He the hidden shame glossed over
Can discover, and discern each deed of sin.

5.
Mayest thou on life’s last morrow,
Free from sorrow, pass away in slumber sweet:
And, released from death’s dark sadness,
Rise in gladness that far brighter Sun to greet.

6.
Only God’s free gifts abuse not,
Light refuse not, but His Spirit’s voice obey;
Thou with Him shalt dwell, beholding
Light enfolding all things in unclouded day.

Lyrics: Fried­rich Ru­dolf Lud­wig Frei­herr von Can­itz, 1700 (Seele du musst mun­ter wer­den); trans­lat­ed from Ger­man to Eng­lish by Hen­ry J. Buck­oll, 1838.