O Thou, who in the light dost dwell (Joseph Barnby)

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  • (Posted 2018-12-08)   CPDL #52542:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2018-12-08).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 49 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transcribed from the edition on IMSLP. Note values halved. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.

General Information

Title: O Thou, who in the light dost dwell
Composer: Joseph Barnby
Lyricist: Charles Coffin

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn   Meter: 88. 86

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1897 in Hymn Tunes, no. 178, p. 105


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Original text and translations

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1  O Thou, who in the light dost dwell,
To mortals unapproachable,
Where angels veil them from Thy rays,
And tremble as they gaze.

2  Here we in depths of darkness lie,
Poor exiles from our home on high;
But bright shall dawn Thine endless day,
And chase our gloom away.

3  That day Thou hast in store with Thee,
Resplendent with Thy majesty,
But faintly shadowed here below
By sun in noontide glow.

4  Why lingers then, the golden dawn?
O why delay, thou glorious morn?
When shall we cast this flesh aside,
And in that light abide?

5  Our souls, O God, would fain take wing
From out their dark enveloping;
And see Thee, praise Thee, and adore
And love Thee evermore.

6  Blest Three in One, Thou Source of grace,
O fit us for that happy place;
An guide us safe through this our night
To see Thine endless light. Amen.