O perfect love (Joseph Barnby)

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  • (Posted 2016-11-09)   CPDL #41742:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2016-11-09).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 49 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: O perfect love
Composer: Joseph Barnby
Lyricist: Dorothy Frances Gurney

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn   Meter: 11 10. 11 10

Language: English
Instruments: Organ

First published: 1897 in Hymn Tunes, no. 219, p. 137


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Original text and translations

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1. O perfect love, all human thought transcending,
Lowly we kneel in prayer before thy throne,
That theirs may be the love which knows no ending,
Whom Thou for evermore dost join in one.

2. O perfect life, be Thou their full assurance
Of tender charity and steadfast faith,
Of patient hope, and quiet brave endurance,
With childlike trust that fears not pain nor death.

3. Grant them the joy which brightens earthly sorrow,
Grant them the peace which calms all earthly strife;
And to life's day the glorious unknown morrow
That dawns upon eternal love and life.