No track is on the sunny sky

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1 No track is on the sunny sky,
No footprints on the air:
Jesus hath gone; the face of earth
Is desolate and bare.

2 That upper room is heaven on earth;
Within its precincts lie
All that earth has of faith or hope
Or heaven-born charity.

3 One moment--and the silentness
Was breathless as the grave:
The fluttered earth forgot to quake,
The troubled trees to wave.

4 He comes! he comes! that mighty breath
From heaven's eternal shores;
His uncreated freshness fills
His Bride, as she adores.

5 Earth quakes before that rushing blast,
Heaven echoes back the sound,
And mightily the tempest wheels
That upper room around.

6 One moment--and the Spirit hung
O'er all with dread desire;
Then broke upon the heads of all
In cloven tongues of fire!


Source: The Voice of Praise: a collection of hymns for the use of the Methodist Church #275

Author: Frederick W. Faber

Faber, Frederick William, D.D., son of Mr. T. H. Faber, was born at Calverley Vicarage, Yorkshire, June 28, 1814, and educated at Balliol College, Oxford, graduating B.A. in 1836. He was for some time a Fellow of University College, in the same University. Taking Holy Orders in 1837, he became Rector of Elton, Huntingdonshire, in 1843, but in 1846 he seceded to the Church of Rome. After residing for some time at St. Wilfrid's, Staffordshire, he went to London in 1849, and established the London "Oratorians," or, "Priests of the Congregation of St. Philip Neri," in King William Street, Strand. In 1854 the Oratory was removed to Brompton. Dr. Faber died Sept. 26, 1863. Before his secession he published several prose works, some of which were… Go to person page >

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First Line: No track is on the sunny sky
Author: Frederick W. Faber

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No track is on the sunny sky. F. W. Faber. [Whitsuntide.] Appeared in his Jesus and Mary, &c, 1849, in 18 stanzas of 4 lines, on "The Mission of the Holy Ghost." From it three centos have come into common use: (1) "No track is on the sunny sky; " (2) "The Mother prays her mighty prayer;" and (3) "The Mother sits all worshipful." In these various forms its use is somewhat extensive. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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