Not a thought of earthly things (Samuel Sebastian Wesley)

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General Information

Title: Not a thought of earthly things
Composer: Samuel Sebastian Wesley
Tune: Grosvenor
Lyricist: Arthur James Mason

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn   Meter: 78. 78

Language: English
Instruments: Organ

Published: 1872 in Eur­o­pe­an Psalm­ist.

Description: Lyrics are from the Liturgy of St. James, 4th Cen­tu­ry (Σιγησατο παρα σαρξ βροτεια); trans­lat­ed by Arthur James Mason in Hymns An­­cient and Mo­­dern, 1916.

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Original text and translations

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1  Not a thought of earthly things!
Every head in awe be bended:
Christ our God, the King of kings,
Comes by angel troops attended.

2  Forth He comes, a victim He
For the wide world’s need availing,
And His people’s food to be,
With Himself their souls regaling.


3  Cherubim with watchful eyes,
Seraphim their brows concealing,
Powers and principalities,
Cry aloud, like thunder pealing.