O Lord, how joyful 'tis to see (Samuel Sebastian Wesley)

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  • (Posted 2016-11-23)  CPDL #42009:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2016-11-23).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 28 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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  • (Posted 2007-11-13)  CPDL #15399:         
Contributor: John Henry Fowler (submitted 2007-11-13).  Score information: A4, 1 page, 20 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: SATB version in English from Cyber Hymnal™

General Information

Title: O Lord, how joyful 'tis to see
Composer: Samuel Sebastian Wesley
Tune: Almsgiving
Lyricist: John Chandler

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn   Meter: 88. 88 (L.M.)

Language: English
Instruments: Organ

First published: 1872 in The Hymnary
Description: Lyrics: Charles Coffin, in the Paris Breviary, 1736 (O quam juvat fratres, Deus); translated from Latin to English by John Chandler, Hymns of the Primitive Church, 1837;

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Original text and translations

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1  O Lord, how joyful ’tis to see
The brethren join in love to Thee!
On Thee alone their heart relies
Their only strength Thy grace supplies.

2  How sweet within Thy holy place
With one accord to sing Thy grace,
Besieging Thine attentive ear
With all the force of fervent prayer!

3  O may we love the house of God,
Of peace and joy the blest abode;
O may no angry strife destroy
That sacred peace, that holy joy.

4  The world without may rage, but we
Will only cling more close to Thee,
With hearts to Thee more wholly giv’n,
More weaned from earth, more fixed on heav’n.

5  Lord, shower upon us from above
The sacred gift of mutual love;
Each other’s wants may we supply,
And reign together in the sky.

6  Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow,
Praise Him, all creatures here below,
Praise Him above, angelic host,
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost.