Father, in Thy mysterious presence kneeling (Joseph Barnby)

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  • (Posted 2018-12-16)  CPDL #52645:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2018-12-16).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 47 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transcribed from the edition on IMSLP. Note values halved.

General Information

Title: Father, in Thy mysterious presence kneeling
Composer: Joseph Barnby
Lyricist: Samuel Johnson (clergyman)

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1897 in Hymn Tunes, no. 218, p. 136


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Original text and translations

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Father, in Thy mysterious presence kneeling;
Fain would our souls feel all Thy kindling love;
For we are weak, and need some deep revealing
Of trust, and strength, and calmness from above.

Lord, we have wandered forth through doubt and sorrow,
And you have made each step an onward one,
And we will ever trust each unknown morrow;
You will sustain us till its work is done.

Now, Father, now in your dear presence kneeling,
Our spirits yearn to feel your kindling love;
Now make us strong; we need your deep revealing
Of trust and strength and calmness from above.