Ye that have spent the silent night (Joseph Barnby)

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  • (Posted 2018-11-29)  CPDL #52450:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2018-11-29).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 57 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transcribed from the edition on IMSLP. Note values halved.

General Information

Title: Ye that have spent the silent night
Composer: Joseph Barnby
Lyricist: George Gascoigne

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1897 in Hymn Tunes, no. 138, p. 81

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Original text and translations

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1  Ye that have spent the silent night
In sleep and quiet rest,
And joy to see the cheerful light
That riseth in the east,
Now clear your voice, now cheer your heart,
Come, help me now to sing;
Each willing wight, come bear a part,
To praise the heavenly King.

2  And ye whom care in prison keeps
Or sickness doth suppress,
Or secret sorrow breaks your sleeps
Or dolours to distress:
Yet bear a part in humble wise,
Yea, think it good accord,
And full and fitting sacrifice
Each soul to praise the Lord.

3  Unto His joys for to attain
God grant us all His grace,
And send us after worldly pain
In Heav’n to have a place;
Where we may still enjoy that light
Which never shall decay:
Lord, for Thy mercy lend us might
To see that joyful day.