6367. Still, Still with Thee

1. Still, still with Thee, when purple morning breaketh,
When the bird waketh, and the shadows flee;
Fairer than morning, lovelier than daylight,
Dawns the sweet consciousness, I am with Thee.

2. Alone with Thee, amid the mystic shadows,
The solemn hush of nature newly born;
Alone with Thee in breathless adoration,
In the calm dew and freshness of the morn.

3. As in the dawning o’er the waveless ocean
The image of the morning star doth rest,
So in the stillness Thou beholdest only
Thine image in the waters of my breast.

4. Still, still with Thee, as to each newborn morning,
A fresh and solemn splendor still is given,
So does this blessèd consciousness, awaking,
Breathe each day nearness unto Thee and Heaven.

5. When sinks the soul, subdued by toil, to slumber,
Its closing eye looks up to Thee in prayer;
Sweet the repose beneath the wings o’ershading,
But sweeter still to wake and find Thee there.

6. So shall it be at last, in that bright morning,
When the soul waketh and life’s shadows flee;
O in that hour, fairer than daylight dawning,
Shall rise the glorious thought, I am with Thee.

Text Information
First Line: Still, still with Thee, when purple morning breaketh
Title: Still, Still with Thee
Author: Harriet B. Stowe (1855)
Meter: 11.10.11.10
Language: English
Source: In Henry Beecher's Plymouth Collection, 1855
Copyright: Public Domain
Notes: Stowe habitually rose at 4:30 a.m.; the lyrics speak to her early morning walks in the silence before the rush of day. Alternate tunes: ALVERSTOKE, Joseph Barnby, 1883; OBERLIN (DEMUTH), J. Arthur Demuth, 1900; PERFECT LOVE, Joseph Barnby, 1890; WILLINGHAM (ABT), Franz W. Abt, 1819-1885
Tune Information
Name: CONSOLATION (Mendelssohn)
Composer: Felix Mendelssohn, 1809-1847 (1834, arr.)
Meter: 11.10.11.10
Incipit: 32154 32171 32223
Key: E♭ Major
Source: Ar­ranged from Lied­er ohne Worte, 1834
Copyright: Public Domain



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