- (Posted 2018-11-10) CPDL #51806:
- Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2018-11-10). Score information: A4, 1 page, 54 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: Transcribed from the edition on IMSLP. Note values halved. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
Title: Sun of my soul, Thou Saviour dear
Composer: Joseph Barnby
Lyricist: John Keble
Number of voices: 4vv Voicing: SATB
Genre: Sacred, Hymn Meter: 88. 88 (L.M.)
Instruments: A cappella
First published: 1897 in Hymn Tunes, no. 38, p. 17
Original text and translations
1 Sun of my soul, Thou Saviour dear,
it is not night if Thou be near;
O, may no earth-born cloud arise,
to hide Thee from Thy servant's eyes.
2 When the soft dews of kindly sleep
my weary eyelids gently steep,
be my last thought-- how sweet to rest
forever on my Saviour's breast!
3 Abide with me from morn till eve,
for without Thee I cannot live;
abide with me when night is nigh,
for without Thee I dare not die.
4 If some poor wandering child of thine
have spurned to-day the voice divine,
now, Lord, the gracious work begin;
let him no more lie down in sin.
5 Watch by the sick; enrich the poor
with blessings from thy boundless store;
be every mourner's sleep to-night,
like infant's slumbers, pure and light.
6 Come near and bless us when we wake,
ere through the world our way we take,
till in the ocean of thy love
we lose ourselves in heaven above.