Joyful is the dark, holy, hidden, GodAuthor: Brian Wren
Published in 3 hymnals
1 Joyful is the dark, holy, hidden God,
rolling cloud of night beyond all naming:
Majesty in darkness, Energy of love,
Word-in-flesh, the mystery proclaiming.
2 Joyful is the dark, Spirit of the deep,
winging wildly o'er the world's creation,
silken sheen of midnight, plumage black and bright,
swooping with the beauty of a raven.
3 Joyful is the dark, shadowed stable floor;
angels flicker, God on earth confessing,
as with exultation, Mary, giving birth,
hails the infant cry of need and blessing.
4 Joyful is the dark coolness of the tomb,
waiting for the wonder of the morning;
never was that midnight touched by dread and gloom:
darkness was the cradle of the dawning.
5 Joyful is the dark, depth of love divine,
roaring, looming thundercloud of glory;
holy, haunting beauty, living, loving God.
Hallelujah! Sing and tell the story!
Joyful is the dark,
joyful is the dark,
joyful is the dark.
Source: Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #284
|Instances (3)||First Line||Text Title||Refrain First Line||Authors||Composers||Meter||Scripture||Tune Title||Tune Key||Incipit||Languages||Publication Date|
|Chalice Hymnal #333||Joyful is the dark, holy, hidden God||Joyful Is the Dark||Brian Wren||Gayle Schoepf||10.10.11.10||ORANGETHORPE||G Major or modal||English||1995|
|Gather Comprehensive #760||Joyful is the dark, holy, hidden, God||Joyful Is the Dark||Brian Wren, b. 1936||Bob Moore, b. 1962||10.10.11.10||Genesis 1; Mark 15:46-47; Luke 2:1-8||JOYFUL DARKNESS||G Major or modal||English||1994|
|Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #284||Joyful is the dark, holy, hidden God||Joyful Is the Dark||Brian Wren||Veronica Bennetts||10.10.11.10||CEDARS||G Major or modal||English||1996|