O perfect Love (Felix Mendelssohn)

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Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2021-02-18).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 42 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 2021-02-18).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 101 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: The hymn in the version published in Hymns Ancient & Modern New Standard, melody with words.

General Information

Title: O perfect Love
Composer: Felix Mendelssohn
Arranger: Sydney Hugo Nicholson
Tune: Felix
Lyricist: Dorothy Frances Gurney

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella or keyboard

First published:
  2nd published: 1983 in Hymns Ancient and Modern, New Standard, no. 280

Description:

External websites: https://embassysingers.de/scores/hymns.html

Original text and translations

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O perfect Love, all human thought transcending,
lowly we kneel in prayer before thy throne,
that theirs may be the love which knows no ending,
whom thou for evermore dost join in one.

O perfect Life, be thou their full assurance
of tender charity and steadfast faith,
of patient hope, and quiet brave endurance,
with childlike trust that fears nor pain nor death.

Grant them the joy which brightens earthly sorrow,
grant them the peace which calms all earthly strife;
and to life’s day the glorious unknown morrow
that dawns upon eternal love and life.