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372. Rejoice! The Year upon Its Way

1 Rejoice! the year upon its way
has brought again this blessèd day
when on the chosen of the Lord
the Holy Spirit was outpoured.

2 That morning a rushing noise
came like the tempest's sudden voice
and mingled with th'apostles' pryer
proclaimed aloud that God was there.

3 On each the fire descending stood
in quiv'ring tongues’ similitude;
from out the Father's light it came
that beautiful and holy flame.

4 To all in ev'ry tongue they spoke;
amazement in the crowd awoke,
who mocked, as overcome with wine,
those who were filled with power divine.

5 As then, O Lord, thou didst fulfill
each holy heart to do thy will,
so now do thou our sins forgive,
and make the world in peace to live.

6 To God the Father, God the Son,
and God the Spirit, praise be done;
may Christ the Lord upon us pour
the Spirit’s gift forevermore.

Text Information
First Line: Rejoice! The year upon its way
Title: Rejoice! The Year upon Its Way
Latin Title: Beata nobis gaudia
Translator: J. M. Neale
Publication Date: 1985
Meter: LM
Source: Beata nobis gaudia, c. 5th century; Tr. composite based on J. M. Neale
Language: English
Tune Information
Meter: LM
Key: B♭ Major
Source: Grenoble church melody, 1753

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