I do not ask, O Lord, that life should be (Joseph Barnby)

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  • (Posted 2018-12-12)  CPDL #52602:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2018-12-12).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 57 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transcribed from the edition on IMSLP. Note values halved.

General Information

Title: I do not ask, O Lord, that life should be
Tune: Ad lucem
Composer: Joseph Barnby
Lyricist: Adelaide Anne Procter

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1897 in Hymn Tunes, no. 198, p. 118

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Original text and translations

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1  I do not ask, O Lord, that life may be
 A pleasant road;
I do not ask that Thou wouldst take from me
 Aught of its load.
For one thing only, Lord, dear Lord, I plead:
 Lead me aright,
Though strength should falter and though heart should bleed,
 Through peace to light.

2  I do not ask my cross to understand,
 My way to see;
Better in darkness just to feel Thy hand,
 And follow Thee.
Joy is like restless day, but peace divine
 Like quiet night;
Lead me, O Lord, till perfect day shall shine,
 Through peace to light.