Ancient of Days (Horatio W. Parker)

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  • (Posted 2005-11-26)  CPDL #10245:     
Editor: Douglas Walczak (submitted 2005-11-26).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 50 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
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General Information

Title: Ancient of Days
Tune: Ancient of Days
Composer: Horatio W. Parker
Lyricist: William Croswell Doane

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn   Meter: 11 10. 11 10

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella or keyboard

First published: 1908 in The Church Hymnal (edition B), Boston
Description: This hymn was originally written for the bicentennial celebration of Albany, New York. It was later modified for use in hymnals.

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Original text and translations

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Ancient of Days, who sittest throned in glory,
To Thee all knees are bent, all voices pray;
Thy love has blessed the wide world’s wondrous story
With light and life since Eden’s dawning day.

O Holy Father, who hadst led Thy children
In all the ages, with the fire and cloud,
Through seas dry shod, through weary wastes bewildering;
To Thee, in reverent love, our hearts are bowed.

O Holy Jesus, Prince of Peace and Savior,
To Thee we owe the peace that still prevails,
Stilling the rude wills of men’s wild behavior,
And calming passion’s fierce and stormy gales.

O Holy Ghost, the Lord and the Lifegiver,
Thine is the quickening power that gives increase;
From Thee have flowed, as from a pleasant river,
Our plenty, wealth, prosperity and peace.

O Triune God, with heart and voice adoring,
Praise we the goodness that doth crown our days;
Pray we that Thou wilt hear us, still imploring
Thy love and favor kept to us always.