Hark, round the God of love (Joseph Barnby)

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  • (Posted 2018-11-13)  CPDL #51864:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2018-11-13).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 66 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transcribed from the edition on IMSLP. Note values halved.

General Information

Title: Hark, round the God of love
Tune: Eton cloisters
Composer: Joseph Barnby
Lyricist: Henry Francis Lyte

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn   Meter: 65. 65. 66. 65

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1897 in Hymn Tunes, no. 62, p. 30

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Original text and translations

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1  Hark, round the God of love
Angels are singing;
Saints at His feet above
Their crowns are flinging.
And may poor children dare
Hope for acceptance there,
Their simple praise and prayer
To His throne bringing?

2  Yes, through adoring throngs
His pity sees us;
'Midst their seraphic songs
Our offring pleases;
And Thou who here didst prove
To babes so full of love,
Thou art the same above,
Merciful Jesus.

3  Not a poor sparrow falls
But Thou art near it;
When the young raven calls,
Thou, Lord, dost hear it;
Flowers, worms and insects share
Hourly Thy guardian care:
Wilt Thou bid us despair?
Lord, can we fear it?

4  Lord, then Thy mercy send
On all before thee;
Children and children's friend
Bless, we implore Thee;
Lead us from grace to grace,
On through our earthly race,
Till all before thy face
Meet to adore Thee.