In our day of thanksgiving (Anonymous)
- Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2021-02-20). Score information: A4, 1 page, 60 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: The hymn with four-part harmony and underlaid words in the version published in Hymns Ancient & Modern New Standard
- Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2021-02-20). Score information: A4, 1 page, 116 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: The hymn in the version published in Hymns Ancient & Modern New Standard, melody with words.
Title: In our day of thanksgiving
Tune: Was Lebet
Lyricist: William Henry Drapercreate page
Number of voices: 4vv Voicing: SATB
Genre: Sacred, Hymn Meter: Irregular meter
Instruments: A cappella or keyboard
2nd published: 1983 in Hymns Ancient and Modern, New Standard, no. 284
Description: Melody from Rheinhardt MS (Üttingen, 1754)
Original text and translations
In our day of thanksgiving one psalm let us offer
for the saints who before us have found their reward;
when the shadow of death fell upon them, we sorrowed,
but now we rejoice that they rest in the Lord.
In the morning of life, and at noon, and at even,
he called them away from our worship below;
but not till his love, at the font and the altar,
had girt them with grace for the way they should go.
These stones that have echoed their praises are holy,
and dear is the ground where their feet have once trod;
yet here they confessed they were strangers and pilgrims,
and still they were seeking the city of God.
Sing praise, then, for all who here sought and here found him,
whose journey is ended, whose perils are past:
they believed in the light; and its glory is round them,
where the clouds of earth’s sorrow are lifted at last.