Pleasant are thy courts above (Joseph Barnby)

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Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2018-11-26).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 59 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transcribed from the edition on IMSLP. Note values halved. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.

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Title: Pleasant are thy courts above
Composer: Joseph Barnby
Lyricist: Henry Francis Lyte

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn Meter: 77. 77. D

Language: English
Instruments: Organ

Published: 1897 in Hymn Tunes by Joseph Barnby, Novello

Description: No.122 from Hymn Tunes by Joseph Barnby

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Original text and translations

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1  Pleasant are thy courts above
In the land of light and love;
Pleasant are thy courts below
In this land of sin and woe.
O, my spirit longs and faints
For the converse of thy saints,
For the brightness of thy face,
For thy fullness, God of Grace!

2  Happy birds that sing and fly
Round thy altars, O most High;
Happier souls that find a rest
In a heavenly Father's breast.
Like the wandering dove that found
No repose on earth around,
They can to their ark repair
And enjoy it ever there.


3  Happy souls, their praises flow
Even in this vale of woe;
Waters in the desert rise,
Manna feeds them from the skies;
On they go from strength to strength,
Till they reach thy throne at length,
At thy feet adoring fall,
Who hast led them safe through all.

4  Lord, be mine this prize to win;
Guide me through a world of sin;
Keep me by thy saving grace;
Give me at thy side a place.
Sun and shield alike thou art;
Guide and guard my erring heart;
Grace and glory flow from thee;
Shower, O shower them, Lord, on me!