We come unto our fathers' God (Joseph Barnby)

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  • (Posted 2018-12-02)  CPDL #52496:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2018-12-02).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 55 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transcribed from the edition on IMSLP. Note values halved.

General Information

Title: We come unto our fathers' God
Tune: The golden chain
Composer: Joseph Barnby
Lyricist: Thomas Hornblower Gill

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn   Meter: 87. 87. 887

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1897 in Hymn Tunes, no. 160, p. 95

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Original text and translations

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1  We come unto our fathers' God:
Their Rock is our Salvation:
The eternal arms, their dear abode,
We make our habitation:
We bring Thee, Lord, the praise they brought,
We seek Thee as Thy saints have sought
In every generation.

2  The fire divine, their steps that led,
Still goeth bright before us;
The heavenly shield, around them spread,
Is still high holden o'er us;
The grace those sinners that subdued,
The strength those weaklings that renewed,
Doth vanquish, doth restore us.

3  The cleaving sins that brought them low
Are still our souls oppressing;
The tears that from their eyes did flow
Fall fast, our shame confessing;
As with Thee, Lord, prevailed their cry,
So our strong prayer ascends on high,
And bringeth down Thy blessing.

4  Their joy unto their Lord we bring;
Their song to us descendeth;
The Spirit who in them did sing
To us His music lendeth.
His song in them, in us, is one;
We raise it high, we send it on
The song that never endeth!

5  Ye saints of God, take up the strain
The same sweet theme endeavour!
Unbroken be the golden chain!
Ring out the song for ever!
Safe in the same dear dwelling-place,
Rich with the same eternal grace,
Bless the same boundless Giver!