O day of radiant gladness (Charles H. Giffen)

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  • (Posted 2006-11-20)  CPDL #13135:        (Finale 2005)
Editor: Charles H. Giffen (submitted 2006-11-20).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 119 kB   Copyright: CPDL May be freely copied, distributed, performed or recorded. Please inform the composer of any performances of this work.
Edition notes: First two stanzas harm. by George Ratcliffe Woodward. Harm. of second two stanzas and descants (stanzas 2 and 4) by Charles H. Giffen.

General Information

Title: O day of radiant gladness [Tune:Es flog ein kleins Waldvögelein]
Composer: Charles H. Giffen

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB, with S descant
Genre: SacredHymn   Meter: 76. 76. D

Language: English

First published: 2004
Description: Hymn tune: Es flog ein kleins Waldvögelein

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

Text: Stanzas 1-2, Christopher Wordsworth (1807-1855), alt.;
stanza 3, Charles P. Price (b. 1920);
stanza 4, Hymnal 1982.

O day of radiant gladness,
O day of joy and light,
O balm of care and sadness,
most beautiful, most bright;
this day the high and lowly,
through ages joined in tune,
sing, "Holy, holy, holy,"
to the great God Triune.

This day at the creation,
the light first had its birth;
this day for our salvation
Christ rose from depths of earth;
this day our Lord victorious
the Spirit sent from heaven,
and thus this day most glorious
a triple light was given.

This day, God's people meetihg,
his Holy Scripture hear;
his living presence greeting,
through Bread and Wine made near.
We journey on, believing,
renewed with heavenly might,
from grace more grace receiving
on this blest day of light.

That light our hope sustaining,
we walk the pilgrim way,
at lenth our rest attaining,
our endless Sabbath day.
We sing to thee our praises,
O Father, Spirit, Son;
the Church her voice upraises
to thee, blest Three in One.