O What Their Joy : Recording
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- Tune: O Quanta Qualia, composed by François de La Feilée in ‘Méthode’ (1808). Meter: 10 10 10 10. Public Domain.
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O What Their Joy : Lyrics
1. O, what their joy and the glory must be,
Those endless Sabbaths the blessèd ones see!
Crown for the valiant, to weary ones rest;
God shall be all, and in all ever blest.
2. What are the Monarch, His court, and His throne?
What are the peace and the joy that they own?
Oh, that the blest ones, who in it have share,
All that they feel could as fully declare!
3. Truly Jerusalem name we that shore,
Vision of peace, that brings joy evermore;
Wish and fulfilment can severed be ne’er,
Nor the thing prayed for come short of the prayer.
4. There, where no troubles distraction can bring,
We the sweet anthems of Sion shall sing;
While for thy grace, Lord, their voices of praise
Thy blessèd people eternally raise.
5. There dawns no Sabbath, no Sabbath is o’er,
Those Sabbath-keepers have one evermore;
One and unending is that triumph-song
Which to the angels and us shall belong.
6. Now, in the meanwhile, with hearts raised on high,
We for that country must yearn and must sigh;
Seeking Jerusalem, dear native land,
Through our long exile on Babylon’s strand.
7. Low before Him with our praises we fall,
Of Whom, and in Whom, and through Whom are all;
Of Whom, the Father; and in Whom, the Son;
Through Whom, the Spirit, with Them ever One.
- Lyricist: Peter Abelard (1079-1142), translated by John Mason Neale (1818-1866). Public Domain
- Meter: 10 10 10 10.
Peter Abelard (1079-1142)
Peter Abelard (1079-1142) was a fascinating person,a prominent medieval French philosopher, theologian, and logician born in 1079. He was well-known for his innovative work in logic and his contributions to the development of scholasticism. Abelard studied under William of Champeaux, gained a reputation for his debating skills, and became a teacher himself. However, his teaching style and encouragement of students to question established Church teachings led to conflicts with Church authorities.
Abelard had a famous love affair with a young female scholar called Heloise, who he married and with whom he has a child, but which eventually resulted in his castration by Heloise uncle Fulbert and his entry into a monastery. Heloise became a nun. Despite this, they maintained contact through a series of famous emotional letters.
Abelard also wrote on subjects including ethics, music, and poetry, with major works such as “Sic et Non” and “Theologia Summi Boni.” He died in 1142, but his work had a significant impact on medieval philosophy and theology, still studied and debated by scholars today.
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