667. When Morning Gilds the Skies

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1 When morning gilds the skies,
my heart awaking cries:
may Jesus Christ be praised!
Alike at work and prayer
to Jesus I repair:
may Jesus Christ be praised!

2 Does sadness fill my mind?
A solace here I find:
may Jesus Christ be praised!
Or fades my earthly bliss?
My comfort still is this:
may Jesus Christ be praised!

3 Let earth's wide circle round
in joyful notes resound:
may Jesus Christ be praised!
Let air and sea and sky
from depth to height reply:
may Jesus Christ be praised!

4 Be this, while life is mine,
my canticle divine:
may Jesus Christ be praised!
Be this the eternal song
through all the ages long:
may Jesus Christ be praised!

Text Information
First Line: When morning gilds the skies
Title: When Morning Gilds the Skies
Original Language: German
Translator: Edward Caswall (1853, 1858, alt.)
Publication Date: 2013
Meter: 6.6.6.D
Scripture: ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ;
Topic: Celebrating Time; Comfort; Morning (2 more...)
Source: German hymn, c. 1800
Language: English
Tune Information
Composer: Joseph Barnby (1868)
Meter: 6.6.6.D
Key: B♭ Major

Text Information:

This is not just a morning hymn, though this excerpt from an English translation of an early 19th-century German text may not convey how thoroughly the original deals with different kinds of time throughout the day. The tune was composed as a setting for this English text.

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