Good it is to keep the fast (John Stainer)

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  • (Posted 2016-11-29)   CPDL #42134:         
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General Information

Title: Good it is to keep the fast
Composer: John Stainer
Title: Jejunia
Lyricist: Henry Williams Baker

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn   Meter: 77. 77

Language: English
Instruments: Organ

Published: Tune: Hymns An­cient and Mo­dern, 1875; Lyrics: Greg­o­ry I (Clar­um de­cus je­jun­ii); trans­lat­ed from La­tin to Eng­lish by Henry Williams Baker, 1875.

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1  Good it is to keep the fast,
Shadowed forth in ages past,
Which our own Almighty Lord
Hallowed by His deed and Word.

2  Moses, while he fasted, saw
God Who gave by him the law;
To Elijah angels came,
Steeds of fire and car of flame.


3  So was Daniel meet to gaze
On the sight of latter days
And the Baptist to proclaim
Blessings through the Bridegroom’s Name.

4  Grant us, Lord, like them to be
Oft in prayer and fast with Thee;
Fill us with Thy heavenly might,
Be our Joy and true Delight.


5  Father, hear us through Thy Son,
And the Spirit, with Thee One,
Whom our thankful hearts adore,
Ever and forevermore.