- (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.
Title: O Thou, who in the light dost dwell
Composer: Joseph Barnby
Lyricist: Charles Coffin
Number of voices: 4vv Voicing: SATB
Genre: Sacred, Hymn Meter: 88. 86
Instruments: A cappella
First published: 1897 in Hymn Tunes, no. 178, p. 105
Original text and translations
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.