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Above the Brightness of the Sun

About the Song

This is a fairly difficult song to prepare, not least because it’s so very long. It sounds best with a large choir.

Church Music Submission: Anthem/Hymn arrangement division–Award of Distinction 1997

Lyrics

All the world in shadow lay;
Every search for truth unending
Long the age bereft of heaven’s voice;
Long the age denied his power
Then within a silent grove
Joseph pled for understanding
Offering aloud his humble prayer,
Speaking all his heart’s desire

Not though the pow’rs of hell arose
To bid the gates of heav’n be closed
Could evil’s wrath restrain the hand of God,
Who thus appeared to man:

Above the brightness of the sun
Purer than the radiant morning
Banishing the night with heaven’s perfect light
Clearer than the new day’s dawning
The Father spake, and Christ our Lord
Restored to man his Father’s kingdom
The light of truth shines forth upon the earth
Above the brightness of the sun

All the world was unaware
As the word of life was spoken
As a simple boy of tender years
Heard the long-awaited truth
There within that hallowed grove,
Heaven hath the silence broken
God speaks once again to mortal man;
Hear his voice, oh sons of earth!

Behold the skies with glory riven!
Behold the might and power of heaven
Behold the Father and the Son!
The glorious day of truth has dawned

(repeat chorus)

Final chorus:
Not though the pow’rs of hell arise
In vain to seal the cloven skies
Shall revelation cease to shine
And fill the earth with truth divine

Above the brightness of the sun
Purer than the radiant morning
Banishing the night with heaven’s perfect light
Clearer than the new day’s dawning
The Father speaks, and Christ our Lord
Shall ever guide his Father’s kingdom
The light of truth shines forth upon the earth
Above the brightness of the sun

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