170. The Glory of These Forty Days

1 The glory of these forty days
we celebrate with songs of praise;
for Christ, by whom all things were made,
himself has fasted and has prayed.

2 Alone and fasting Moses saw
the loving God who gave the law;
and to Elijah, fasting, came
the steeds and chariots of flame.

3 So Daniel trained his mystic sight,
delivered from the lions’ might;
and John, the bridegroom’s friend, became
the herald of Messiah’s name.

4 Then grant us, Lord, like them to be
full oft in fast and prayer with thee;
our spirits strengthen with thy grace,
and give us joy to see thy face.

5 O Father, Son, and Spirit blest,
to thee be every prayer addressed,
who art in threefold name adored,
from age to age, the only Lord.

Text Information
First Line: The glory of these forty days
Title: The Glory of These Forty Days
Translator: Maruice F. Bell (1862-1947)
Publication Date: 1998
Meter: LM
Scripture: Exodus 34:27-35; 2 Kings 2:1-14; Joel 2:1-2; Matthew 4:1-11; Matthew 6:1-6; Matthew 6:16-21; Mark 1:9-15; Luke 3:1-18; Luke 4:1-13; Romans 16:25-27; 2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2
Topic: Ash Wednesday; Lent (season)
Source: Latin (6th cent.)
Copyright: Tr. © Oxford University Press
Tune Information
Adapter and Harmonizer: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Meter: LM
Key: f minor

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