O day of radiant gladness (Charles H. Giffen)

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  • CPDL #13135:        (Finale 2005)
Editor: Charles H. Giffen (submitted 2006-11-20).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 119 kB   Copyright: CPDL May be freely copied, distributed, performed or recorded. Please inform the composer of any performances of this work.
Edition notes: First two stanzas harm. by George Ratcliffe Woodward. Harm. of second two stanzas and descants (stanzas 2 and 4) by Charles H. Giffen.
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Title: O day of radiant gladness [Tune:Es flog ein kleins Waldvögelein]
Composer: Charles H. Giffen

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB with S descant
Genre: SacredHymn   Meter: 76. 76. D

Language: English
Instruments:

Published: 2004

Description: Hymn tune: Es flog ein kleins Waldvögelein

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Original text and translations

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Text: Stanzas 1-2, Christopher Wordsworth (1807-1855), alt.;
stanza 3, Charles P. Price (b. 1920);
stanza 4, Hymnal 1982.

1
O day of radiant gladness,
O day of joy and light,
O balm of care and sadness,
most beautiful, most bright;
this day the high and lowly,
through ages joined in tune,
sing, "Holy, holy, holy,"
to the great God Triune.

2
This day at the creation,
the light first had its birth;
this day for our salvation
Christ rose from depths of earth;
this day our Lord victorious
the Spirit sent from heaven,
and thus this day most glorious
a triple light was given.

3
This day, God's people meetihg,
his Holy Scripture hear;
his living presence greeting,
through Bread and Wine made near.
We journey on, believing,
renewed with heavenly might,
from grace more grace receiving
on this blest day of light.

4
That light our hope sustaining,
we walk the pilgrim way,
at lenth our rest attaining,
our endless Sabbath day.
We sing to thee our praises,
O Father, Spirit, Son;
the Church her voice upraises
to thee, blest Three in One.