Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Brightness of the eternal glory

BRIGHTNESS of the eternal glory
by Robert Robinson (1735-1790)

1 BRIGHTNESS of the eternal glory
Shall Thy praise unuttered lie?
Who would hush the heaven-sent story
Of the Lamb who came to die?

2 Came from Godhead's fullest glory
Down to Calvary's depth of woe;
Now on high, we bow before Thee;
Streams of praises ceaseless flow!

3 Sing His blest triumphant rising;
Sing Him on the Father's throne;
Sing --- till heaven and earth surprising,
Reigns the Nazarene alone.

I like this hymn, I wish it had a cool tune, ala Sufjan Stevens rendering of 'Come thou fount of every blessing'. Come to think of it, you could probably sing it to that tune anyway.

1 comment:

robert said...

Yes, this is a hymn that definitely deserves to be sung! And, being as I'm a student of traditional hymnody, you know I'm not going to suggest anything too radical.

In my mind I can hear a large congregation pouring forth God's praise with this song, using the tune Hyfrydol. (That's the tune used with hymns such as "Jesus, What a Friend for Sinners."

To make it fit, you would need to combine stanzas one and two of Robinson's song, and then repeat the first stanza after stanza three (giving you a two-stanza hymn, if that's clear!)

Robinson has an interesting history. If you want to learn a bit more about him you can check out my blog for today at Wordwise Hymns.