Souls of men! why will ye scatter (Joseph Barnby)

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Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2018-12-02).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 52 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transcribed from the edition on IMSLP. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.

General Information

Title: Souls of men! why will ye scatter
Tune: Faber
Composer: Joseph Barnby
Lyricist: Frederick William Faber

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn Meter: 87. 87. D

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

Published: 1897 in Hymn Tunes by Joseph Barnby, Novello

Description: No.155 from Hymn Tunes by Joseph Barnby.

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Original text and translations

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1  Souls of men, why will ye scatter
Like a crowd of frightened sheep?
Foolish hearts, why will ye wander
From a love so true and deep?
Was there ever kinder shepherd
Half so gentle, half so sweet,
As the Saviour Who would have us
Come and gather round His feet?

2  There’s a wideness in God’s mercy,
Like the wideness of the sea;
There’s a kindness in His justice,
Which is more than liberty.
There is plentiful redemption
In the blood that has been shed;
There is joy for all the members
In the sorrows of the Head.

3  For the love of God is broader
Than the measure of man’s mind.
And the heart of the Eternal
Is most wonderfully kind.
If our love were but more simple,
We should take Him at His word;
And our lives would all be sunshine
In the sweetness of our Lord.