Come to our poor nature's night (Joseph Barnby)

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  • (Posted 2018-11-19)  CPDL #52171:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2018-11-19).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 64 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transcribed from the edition on IMSLP. Note values halved.

General Information

Title: Come to our poor nature's night
Tune: Abba
Composer: Joseph Barnby
Lyricist: George Rawson

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn   Meter: 777. 5

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1897 in Hymn Tunes, no. 106, p. 59

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Original text and translations

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1  Come to our poor nature's night
With Thy blessed inward light,
Holy Ghost, the Infinite,
Comforter divine.

2  We are sinful, cleans us, Lord;
Sick and faint, Thy strength afford;
Lost, until by Thee restored,
Comforter divine.

3  Orphan are our souls and poor;
Give us from Thy heavenly store
Faith, joy, love for evermore,
Comforter divine.

4  Like the dew Thy peace distil;
Guide, subdue our wayward will,
Things of Christ unfolding still,
Comforter divine.

5  Gentle, awful, holy Guest,
Make Thy temple in each breast;
There Thy presence be confest,
Comforter divine.

6  With us, for us, intercede,
And with voiceless graonings plead
Our unutterable need,
Comforter divine.

7  In us, "Abba, Father", cry;
Earnest of the bliss on high,
Seal of immortality,
Comforter divine.

8  Search for us the depths of God;
Upwards, by the starry road,
Bear us to Thy high abode,
Comforter divine.