Charity (John Stainer)

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Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2020-11-19).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 46 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: The hymn with four-part harmony and underlaid words in the version published in Hymns Ancient & Modern New Standard
Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2020-11-19).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 72 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: The hymn in the version published in Hymns Ancient & Modern New Standard, melody with words.
  • (Posted 2007-11-25)  CPDL #15528:             (Sibelius 4)
Editor: John Henry Fowler (submitted 2007-11-25).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 23 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Edition from the Cyber Hymnal™.

General Information

Title: Charity
Composer: John Stainer
Lyricist: Christopher Wordsworth

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn setting   Meter: 77. 75

Instruments: Keyboard

First published: 1868 in Hymns An­cient and Mo­dern

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Original text and translations

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Gracious Spirit, Holy Ghost,
taught by thee, we covet most
of thy gifts at Pentecost,
holy, heavenly love.

Love is kind, and suffers long,
love is meek, and thinks no wrong,
love than death itself more strong;
therefore give us love.

Prophecy will fade away,
melting in the light of day;
love will ever with us stay;
therefore give us love.

Faith will vanish into sight;
hope be emptied in delight;
love in heaven will shine more bright;
therefore give us love.

Faith and hope and love we see
joining hand in hand agree;
but the greatest of the three,
and the best, is love.

From the overshadowing
of thy gold and silver wing
shed on us, who to thee sing,
holy, heavenly love.