- Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2018-11-13). Score information: A4, 1 page, 60 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: Transcribed from the edition on IMSLP. Note values halved.
Title: God from on high hath heard
Tune: Via Crucis
Composer: Joseph Barnby
Lyricist: James Russell Woodford
Number of voices: 4vv Voicing: SATB
Genre: Sacred, Hymn Meter: 66. 66
Instruments: A cappella
First published: 1897 in Hymn Tunes, no. 66, p. 32
Original text and translations
1 God from on high hath heard;
Let sighs and sorrows cease;
Lo! from the opening Heav’n descends
To man the promised Peace.
2 Hark! through the silent night
Angelic voices swell;
Their joyful songs proclaim that God
Is born on earth to dwell.
3 See how the shepherd band
Speed on with eager feet;
Come to the hallowed cave with them
The Holy Babe to greet.
4 But, oh, what sight appears
Within that lowly door!
A manger, stall, and swaddling clothes,
A Child and mother poor!
5 Art Thou the Christ? the Son?
Te Father’s image bright?
And see we Him whose arm upholds
Earth and the starry height?
6 Yea, faith can pierce the cloud
Which veils Thy glory now;
We hail Thee, God, before whose throne
The angels prostrate bow.
7 A silent Teacher, Lord,
Thou bidd’st us not refuse
To bear what flesh would have us shun,
To shun what flesh would choose.
8 Our sinful pride to cure
With that pure love of Thine,
O be Thou born within our hearts,
Most Holy Child divine.