What are these that glow from afar (Alan Gray)

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  • (Posted 2016-10-23)  CPDL #41552:        
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2016-10-23).   Score information: A4, 13 pages, 179 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: What are these that glow from afar
Composer: Alan Gray
Lyricist: Christina Rossetti

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredAnthem

Language: English
Instruments: Organ

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Original text and translations

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1  What are these that glow from afar,
These that lean over the golden bar,
Strong as a lion, pure as the dove,
With open arms and hearts of love.
They, the blessed ones gone before,
They, the blessed for evermore:
Out of great tribulation they went
Home to their home of heav'n content.

2  What are these that fly as a cloud
With flashing heads and faces bow'd;
In their mouths a victorious psalm,
In their hands a robe and a palm?
Welcoming angels these that shine,
Your own angel, yours and mine,
Who have hedged us, day and night
On the left hand and on the right.

3  Light above light, and bliss beyond bliss
Whom words cannot utter, Lo! who is this?
As a King with many crowns he stands,
And our names are graven on his hands,
As a priest, with God-uplifted eyes,
He offers for us his sacrifice.
As the Lamb of God for sinners slain,
That we too may live, he lives again.

4  God the Father, give us grace
To walk in the light of Jesu's face;
God the Son, give us a part
In the hiding place of Jesu's heart;
God the Spirit, so hold us up,
That we may drink of Jesu's cup;
God Almighty, God Three in one,
God Almighty, God alone.