5845. The Roseate Hues of Early Dawn

1. The roseate hues of early dawn,
the brightness of the day,
The crimson of the sunset sky,
how fast they fade away!
O for the pearly gates of Heav’n!
O for the golden floor!
O for the sun of righteousness
that setteth nevermore!

2. The highest hopes we cherish here,
how fast they tire and faint!
How many a spot defiles the robe
that wraps an earthly saint!
O for a heart that never sins!
O for a soul washed white!
O for a voice to praise our king,
nor weary day or night!

3. Here faith is ours, and heavenly hopes,
and grace to lead us higher;
But there are perfectness and peace
beyond our best desire.
O by Thy love and anguish, Lord,
O by Thy life laid down,
Grant that we fall not from Thy grace,
nor cast away our crown!

Text Information
First Line: The roseate hues of early dawn
Title: The Roseate Hues of Early Dawn
Author: Cecil F. Alexander (1853)
Meter: 76.76 D
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain
Notes: Alternate tunes: AMBERLEY, Charles H. H. Parry, in Hymns Ancient and Modern, 1904; CASTLE RISING, Frederick J. Hervey, 1867; KINGSFOLD, English melody; arranged by Ralph Vaughan Williams, 1906
Tune Information
Adapter & Harmonizer: Will­iam H. Monk (1868)
Meter: 76.76 D
Incipit: 51765 13455 67122
Key: B♭ Major
Source: Ge­sang­buch der Herz­ogl. Wirt­em­berg­isch­en Ka­thol­isch­en Hof­ka­pel­le (Würt­tem­berg, Ger­ma­ny: 1784); adapt­ed & har­mo­nized in the 1868 ap­pen­dix to Hymns An­cient and Mo­dern, num­ber 366
Copyright: Public Domain

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