O happy band of pilgrims (Joseph Barnby)

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  • (Posted 2018-11-15)   CPDL #52073:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2018-11-15).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 48 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transcribed from the edition on IMSLP. Note values halved. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.

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Title: O happy band of pilgrims
Composer: Joseph Barnby
Lyricist: John Mason Neale

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn   Meter: 76. 76

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1897 in Hymn Tunes, no. 83, p. 41.

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Original text and translations

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1  O happy band of pilgrims,
If onward ye will tread
With Jesus as your Fellow
To Jesus as your Head!

2  O happy if ye labour
As Jesus did for men;
O happy if ye hunger
As Jesus hungered then!


3  The cross that Jesus carried
He carried as your due;
The crown that Jesus weareth,
He weareth it for you.

4  The faith by which ye see him,
The hope in which ye yearn,
The love that through all troubles
To him alone will turn,


5  What are they but forerunners
To lead you to his sight?
What are they save the effluence
Of uncreated light?

6  The trials that beset you,
The sorrows ye endure,
The manifold temptations
That death alone can cure,


7  What are they but his jewels
Of right celestial worth?
What are they but the ladder
Set up to heaven on earth?

8  O happy band of pilgrims,
Look upward to the skies,
Where such a light affliction
Shall win you such a prize!