O Thou, whose wondrous love had given (Joseph Barnby)

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  • (Posted 2018-12-09)  CPDL #52566:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2018-12-09).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 58 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transcribed from the edition on IMSLP. Note values halved. Transposed down a semitone.

General Information

Title: O Thou, whose wondrous love had given
Composer: Joseph Barnby

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn   Meter: 88. 88. 88

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

Published during 1893 in The Hymnal Companion to the Book of Common Prayer with accompanying tunes (3rd ed., rev. and enl.) (1893), p. 375.

First published: 1897 in Hymn Tunes, no. 187, p. 110

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Original text and translations

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1. O Thou, whose wondrous love had given
Thine own and only Son for man,
Ere shone the earliest star in heaven
Or earth was framed or time began.
And chosen us in Him to be
His Bride for all eternity:

2. Thou, who hast deigned for us to build
The mansions of Jerusalem,
With all Thy gifts of goodnesss filled
And rich withcrystal, gold and gem.
Whose gates and walls and streets declare
One glorious name, "The Lord is there:"

3. Now in this little space between
Two vast eternities of love,
This narrow isthmus of things seen
Thy children cross to rest above,
Wilt Thou refuse to be our Guide
And all our daily needs provide?

4. Oh shame upon the faithless heart
Which harbours such a thought of Thee!
My God, that Thou art what Thou art
Is promise, aye, and proof to me
While passing through this shadowy vale
The cruse of oil shall never fail.

5. From everlasting I am Thine
In Thy free covenant of grace:
To everlasting Thou art mine
In faith's response and love's enbrace:
This life our Father gave and planned
Is safe in His Almighty hand. Amen.