Softly now the light of day (Joseph Barnby)

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  • (Posted 2018-11-20)  CPDL #52182:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2018-11-20).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 56 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transcribed from the edition on IMSLP. Note values halved. Transposed up a semitone.

General Information

Title: Softly now the light of day
Tune: Dulce
Composer: Joseph Barnby
Lyricist: George Washington Doane

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn   Meter: 77. 77

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1897 in Hymn Tunes, no. 113, p. 63

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

1  Softly now the light of day
fades upon my sight away;
free from care, from labour free,
Lord, I would commune with thee.

2  Thou, whose all-pervading eye
naught escapes, without, within,
pardon each infirmity,
open fault, and secret sin.

3  Soon for me the light of day
shall for ever pass away;
then, from sin and sorrow free,
take me, Lord, to dwell with thee.

4  Thou who, sinless, yet hast known
all of man's infirmity;
then, from thine eternal throne,
Jesus, look with pitying eye.