O God of Loveliness, BWV 466 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

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  • (Posted 2019-10-18)  CPDL #55645:       
Editor: Patrick Williams (submitted 2019-10-18).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 42 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
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General Information

Title: O God of Loveliness
Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Lyricist: Alfonso Maria de' Liguori

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn   Meter: 66. 66. D

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella or keyboard

First published: 1736 in Musicalisches Gesängbuch, no. 657
    2nd published: 1892 in Bach-Gesellschaft Ausgabe, Band 39
Opus: BWV 466
Description: Latin contrafactum of "Ich halte treulich still" from G.C. Schemelli's Musicalisches Gesangbuch, 1736, originally for unison voice and organ, arranged here in 19th-century "hymn" style for SATB voices with keyboard.

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Original text and translations

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1. O God of loveliness,
O Lord of heav’n above,
How worthy to possess
My heart’s devoted love!

So sweet Thy countenance,
So gracious to behold,
That one, one only glance
To me were bliss untold.


2. Thou art blest Three in One,
Yet undivided still;
Thou art that One alone
Whose love my heart can fill.

The heav’ns and earth below,
Were fashioned by Thy Word;
How amiable art Thou,
My everdearest Lord.


3. To think Thou art my God—
Oh, thought for ever blest!
My heart has overflowed
With joy within my breast.

My soul, so full of bliss
Is plunged as in a sea,
Deep in the sweet abyss
Of holy charity.


4. O loveliness supreme,
And beauty infinite;
O everflowing stream
And ocean of delight;

O Life by which I live,
My truest life above,
To Thee alone I give
My undivided love.