Woodbine (Christopher Upton)

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Editor: Christopher Upton (submitted 2013-02-12).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 48 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC SA
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General Information

Title: Woodbine
Composer: Christopher Upton
Lyricist: Geoffrey Anketell Studdert Kennedy

Number of voices: 1v   Voicing: Unison
Genre: SacredHymn

Language: English
Instruments: Organ

First published: 2013

Description: Hymn tune, 11 10. 11 10, written for the text "When through the whirl of wheels" by G. A. Studdert-Kennedy.

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Original text and translations

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When through the whirl of wheels, and engines humming,
Patiently powerful for the sons of men,
Peals like a trumpet promise of his coming
Who in the clouds is pledged to come again;

When through the night the furnace fires a-flaring,
Shooting out tongues of flame like leaping blood,
Speak to the heart of Love, alive and daring,
Sing of the boundless energy of God;

When in the depths the patient miner striving
Feels in his arms the vigour of the Lord,
Strikes for a kingdom and his King’s arriving,
Holding his pick more splendid than the sword;

When on the sweat of labour and its sorrow,
Toiling in twilight flickering and dim,
Flames out the sunshine of the great to-morrow,
When all the world looks up because of him –

Then will he come with meekness for his glory,
God in a workman’s jacket as before,
Living again the eternal gospel story,
Sweeping the shavings from his workshop floor.

G. A. Studdert-Kennedy, 1883-1929.