Bright the cloud and bright the glory

Bright the cloud and bright the glory

Author: Carl P. Daw
Tune: LUX TREMENDA
Published in 2 hymnals

Representative Text

1 Bright the cloud and bright the glory,
brighter far than mere sun's rays,
opening up a glimpse of heaven
to disciples' awestruck gaze:
power past their comprehension,
splendour too profound for praise.
All was changed, all was changed;
and they would never be the same.

2 Bright the cloud but dark the glory
wrought by human enterprise,
opening wide with awful terror
stark new worlds before our eyes:
power grasped but far from mastered,
knowledge keen but not yet wise.
All has changed, all has changed,
and we shall never be the same.

3 From the cloud and from the glory
human need brought Jesus down:
down to death, then from death rising
to receive a victor's crown.
Lead us, Christ, to prize compassion
more than might, wealth, or renown.
Help us change, help us change,
that we may never be the same.

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Author: Carl P. Daw

Carl P. Daw, Jr. (b. Louisville, KY, 1944) is the son of a Baptist minister. He holds a PhD degree in English (University of Virginia) and taught English from 1970-1979 at the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia. As an Episcopal priest (MDiv, 1981, University of the South, Sewanee, Tennesee) he served several congregations in Virginia, Connecticut and Pennsylvania. From 1996-2009 he served as the Executive Director of The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada. Carl Daw began to write hymns as a consultant member of the Text committee for The Hymnal 1982, and his many texts often appeared first in several small collections, including A Year of Grace: Hymns for the Church Year (1990); To Sing God’s Praise (1992), New… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Bright the cloud and bright the glory
Author: Carl P. Daw
Meter: 8.7.8.7.8.7 with refrain
Publication Date: 2005
Copyright: © 1995 Hope Publishing Company

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Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #353

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Hymns of Glory, Songs of Praise #353

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