Bright the Vision That Delighted

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1 Bright the vision that delighted
once the sight of Judah's seer;
sweet the countless tongues united
to entrance the prophet's ear.

2 Round the Lord in glory seated
cherubim and seraphim
filled his temple, and repeated
each to each the alternate hymn:

3 'Lord, thy glory fills the heaven;
earth is with its fullness stored;
unto thee be glory given,
holy, holy, holy, Lord.'

4 Heaven is still with glory ringing,
earth takes up the angels' cry,
'Holy, holy, holy,' singing,
'Lord of hosts, the Lord most high.'

5 With his seraph train before him,
with his holy church below,
thus unite we to adore him,
bid we thus our anthem flow:

6 'Lord, thy glory fills the heaven;
earth is with its fullness stored;
unto thee be glory given,
holy, holy, holy, Lord.'

Source: Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #603

Author: Richard Mant

Mant, Richard D.D., son of the Rev. Richard Mant, Master of the Grammar School, Southampton, was born at Southampton, Feb. 12, 1776. He was educated at Winchester and Trinity, Oxford (B.A. 1797, M.A., 1799). At Oxford he won the Chancellor's prize for an English essay: was a Fellow of Oriel, and for some time College Tutor. On taking Holy Orders he was successively curate to his father, then of one or two other places, Vicar of Coggeshall, Essex, 1810; Domestic Chaplain to the Archbishop of Canterbury, 1813, Rector of St. Botolph, Bishopsgate, London. 1816, and East Horsley, 1818, Bishop of Killaloe, 1820, of Down and Connor, 1823, and of Dromore, 1842. He was also Bampton Lecturer in 1811. He died Nov. 2, 1848. His prose works were numerou… Go to person page >

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First Line: Bright the vision that delighted
Title: Bright the Vision That Delighted
Author: Richard Mant (1837)
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


Bright the vision that delighted. Bp. B. Mant. [Holy Trinity.] This original hymn, one of several, was given in his Ancient Hymns, &c, 1837, No. 100, in 4 stanzas of 8 lines, and headed “Hymn commemorative of the ‘Thrice Holy'" (edition 1871, p. 216). It is rarely given in its full form, stanza iii. being usually omitted, as in the Hymnal Companion, No. 34. The most striking arrangement of the hymn is that beginning with the second half of the first stanza, "Round the Lord in glory seated," with the first half of the second stanza as a refrain. This is given in Thring's Collection, No. 413, and is a most beautiful cento. Another form, beginning with the same line, is in the Irish Church Hymnal, No. 224. It is composed of stanzas i., lines 5-8, ii., iii. lines 5-8, and iv. T. Darling, in his Hymns for the Church of England, 1874, No. 110, has a cento in 4 stanzas of 4 lines, as "Near the Lord in glory seated." In the edition 1886, No. 160, another cento is substituted, beginning with stanza i.

-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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The Cyber Hymnal #636

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