Thou who didst stoop below (Joseph Barnby)

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Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2018-11-15).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 66 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transcribed from the edition on IMSLP. Note values halved.

General Information

Title: Thou who didst stoop below
Tune: Kenosis
Composer: Joseph Barnby
Lyricist: Sarah Elizabeth Miles

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn   Meter: 66. 10. 66. 10

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1897 in Hymn Tunes, no. 78, p. 38


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Original text and translations

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1  Thou who didst stoop below
To drain the cup of woe,
Wearing the form of frail mortality;
Thy blessed labours done,
Thy crown of victory won,
Hast passed from earth, passed to Thy home on high.

2  Our eyes behold Thee not,
Yet hast Thou not forgot
Those who have placed their hope, their trust, in Thee;
Before Thy Father's face
Thou hast prepared a place,
That where Thou art, there they may also be.

3  It was no path of flowers,
Which, through this world of ours,
Beloved of the Father, Thou didst tread;
And shall we in dismay
Shrink from the narrow way,
When clouds and darkness are around is spread.

4  O Thou who art our life
Be with us through the strife;
Thy holy head by earth's fierce storms was bowed:
Raise Thou our eyes above,
To see a Father's love
Beam, like the bow of promise, through the cloud.