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Holy Days: The Transfiguration

286. Lord, it is good for us to be

L.M.D.

St. Casimir:

John Goss (1800-1880)

Jordan:

Joseph Barnby, 1872

Arthur P. Stanley, 1870;

Alt.

Lord, it is good for us to be

High on the mountain here with thee;

Where stand revealed to mortal gaze

Those glorious saints of other days;

Who once received on Horeb's height

Th'eternal laws of truth and right;

Or caught the still small whisper, higher

Than storm, than earthquake, or than fire.

Lord, it is good for us to be

Entranced, enwrapt, alone with thee;

And watch thy glistering raiment glow

Whiter than Hermon's whitest snow,

The human lineaments that shine

Irradiant with a light divine:

Till we too change from grace to grace,

Gazing on that transfigured face.

Lord, it is good for us to be

Here on the holy mount with thee;

When darkling in the depths of night,

When dazzled with excess of light,

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We bow before the heavenly voice

That bids bewildered souls rejoice,

Though love wax cold, and faith be dim,

"This is my Son; O hear ye him!"

Amen.

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