1760. Great God, Who, Hid from Mortal Sight

1. Great God, who, hid from mortal sight,
Dost dwell in unapproachèd light,
Before whose throne with veilèd brow,
Thy sinless angels trembling bow.

2. A while in darkness here below
We lie oppressed with sin and woe;
But soon the everlasting day
Shall chase the night of gloom away.

3. The day prepared for us by Thee;
The day reserved for us to see;
A day but faintly imaged here
By brightest sun at noontide clear.

4. Too long, alas! it still delays,
It lingers yet, that day of days;
The flesh, with all its load of sin,
Must perish, ere its joy we win.

5. Then from these earthy bonds set free
The soul shall fly, O God, to Thee;
To see Thee, love Thee, and adore,
Her blissful task for evermore.

6. All bounteous Trinity! prepare
Our souls Thy hidden joy to share,
That our brief daytime, used aright,
May issue in eternal light.

Text Information
First Line: Great God, who, hid from mortal sight
Title: Great God, Who, Hid from Mortal Sight
Latin Title: O Luce qui mortalibus
Translator (from Latin): John Chandler
Meter: 88.88.88
Language: English
Source: Paris Breviary, 1736; Translation: Hymns of the Primitive Church, 1837, number 10
Tune Information
Composer: Johann Herman Schein (1628)
Harmonizer: Johann S. Bach, 1685-1750
Meter: 88.88.88
Incipit: 13455 43256 71766
Key: D Major
Copyright: Public Domain
Notes: Repeats last two lines of each verse.

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