O what light and glory (Charles H. Giffen)

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  • (Posted 2022-01-02)  CPDL #67320:       
Editor: Charles H. Giffen (submitted 2022-01-02).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 106 kB   Copyright: CC BY SA
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General Information

Title: O what light and glory
Composer: Charles H. Giffen
Lyricist: T. I. Ballcreate page (1838-1916)
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn   Meter: 66. 66. D

Language: English
Instruments: Organ

First published: 2021
Description: A hymn to Mary, set to the hymn tune Graf. Descants for third and fourth stanzas, the one for the third stanza being simply the Alto part up an octave.

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Original text and translations

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O what light and glory
Deck thee, all resplendent,
Thou of royal David
Glorious descendant;
Mary ever-virgin,
Who in heav'n art dwelling,
All the choirs of angels
Evermore excelling!

Mother, yet the honor
Of a virgin bearing,
For the Lord of angels
Dwelling pure preparing;
Him within thy bosom
Chastely thou enshrinest;
Thus our God incarnate
Takes His flesh divinest.

Whom the whole creation
Evermore adoreth,
And all lowly bending
Rightly now imploreth,
May His pity grant us,
Far our darkness sending
With thee in His glory
Joy and light unending!

Hear us, holy Father,
Through Thy Son supernal,
With the Holy Spirit,
God and Lord eternal;
Who with Thee in glory
Liveth and abideth,
Who the world and all things
Governeth and guideth.