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O Gentle Presence

Jennifer Nubel

Key:
C Major
Vocal Range:
Medium
Pitch Range:
C4-C5
Digital Sheet Music PDF
$6.95
Key:
F Major
Vocal Range:
High
Pitch Range:
F4-F5
Digital Sheet Music PDF
$6.95
Composer:
Jennifer Nubel
Lyricist:
Mary Baker Eddy
Publisher:
Jennifer Nubel
Instrumentation:
Keyboard/Vocal
Keys:
C Major
,
F Major
Vocal Ranges:
High
,
Medium
Vocal Pitch Ranges:
C4 - C5
,
F4 - F5

Simple melodies, borrowed from Fauré's Cantique de Jean Racine and Franck's Poco Lento. The High version can also be sung an octave lower as a Low version.

Lyrics

O Gentle Presence
Words by Mary Baker Eddy
Composed by Gabriel Fauré (Cantique de Jean Racine) and César Franck (Poco Lento)
Arranged by Jennifer Nubel

O gentle presence, peace and joy and power;
O Life divine, that owns each waiting hour,
Thou Love that guards the nestling’s faltering flight!
Keep Thou my child on upward wing tonight.
Love is our refuge; only with mine eye
Can I behold the snare, the pit, the fall:
His habitation high is here, and nigh,
His arm encircles me, and mine, and all.
O make me glad for every scalding tear,
For hope deferred, ingratitude, disdain!
Wait, and love more for every hate, and fear
No ill, — since God is good, and loss is gain.
Beneath the shadow of His mighty wing;
In that sweet secret of the narrow way,
Seeking and finding, with the angels sing:
“Lo, I am with you alway,” — watch and pray.
No snare, no fowler, pestilence or pain;
No night drops down upon the troubled breast,
When heaven’s aftersmile earth’s tear-drops gain,
And mother finds her home and heav’nly rest.

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