Christ My Song - 805
I was journeying in the noontide - Beyond the brightness of the sun (Frances Bevan/Johannes Thomas Rüegg)
"Beyond the brightness of the sun."
1. I was journeying in the noontide,
when his light shone o'er my road;
and I saw him in that glory –
saw him – Jesus, Son of God.
All around, in noonday splendour,
earthly scenes lay fair and bright;
but my eyes no more behold them
for the glory of that light. (PDF - Midi)
2. Others in the summer sunshine
wearily may journey on,
I have seen a light from heaven,
past the brightness of the sun –
light that knows no cloud, no waning,
light wherein I see his Face,
all his love's uncounted treasures,
all the riches of his grace:
3. all the wonders of his glory,
deeper wonders of his love –
how for me he won, he keepeth
that high place in Heaven above;
not a glimpse – the veil uplifted –
but within the veil to dwell,
gazing on his Face for ever,
hearing words unspeakable.
4. Marvel not that Christ in glory
all my inmost heart hath won;
not a star to cheer my darkness,
but a light beyond the sun.
All below lies dark and shadowed,
nothing there to claim my heart,
save the lonely track of sorrow
where of old he walked apart.
5. I have seen the Face of Jesus –
tell me not of aught beside;
I have heard the Voice of Jesus –
all my soul is satisfied.
In the radiance of the glory
first I saw his blessed Face,
and for ever shall that glory
be my home, my dwelling-place.
6. Sinners, it was not to Angels
all this wondrous love was given,
but to one who scorned, despised him,
scorned and hated Christ in heaven.
From the lowest depths of darkness
to his city's radiant height,
thus in me he told the measure
of his love and his delight.
Frances Bevan, Hymns of Ter Steegen, Suso and others 1, 1899, 86-88.