Give us the wings of faith to rise (Orlando Gibbons)

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  • (Posted 2022-07-04)  CPDL #69876:   
Editor: Adrian Wall (submitted 2022-07-04).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 92 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Alternative harmony for verses 4 & 6. Arranged by Adrian Wall
  • (Posted 2021-03-06)  CPDL #63336:       
Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2021-03-06).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 38 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: The hymn with four-part harmony and underlaid words in the version published in Hymns Ancient & Modern New Standard
  • (Posted 2021-03-06)  CPDL #63335:       
Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2021-03-06).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 86 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: The hymn in the version published in Hymns Ancient & Modern New Standard, melody with words.

General Information

Title: Give us the wings of faith to rise
Composer: Orlando Gibbons
Tune: Song 67
Lyricist: Isaac Watts

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn   Meter: 86. 86 (C.M.)

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella or keyboard

First published:
    2nd published: 1983 in Hymns Ancient and Modern, New Standard, no. 324
Description: 

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Give me the wings of faith to rise.

English.png English text

Give us the wings of faith to rise
within the veil, and see
the saints above, how great their joys,
how bright their glories be.

Once they were mourning here below,
their couch was wet with tears;
they wrestled hard, as we do now,
with sins and doubts and fears.

We ask them whence their victory came:
they, with united breath,
ascribe the conquest to the Lamb,
their triumph to his death.

They marked the footsteps that he trod,
his zeal inspired their breast,
and, following their incarnate God,
they reached the promised rest.

Our glorious Leader claims our praise
for his own pattern given;
while the great cloud of witnesses
show the same path to heaven.