This three-stanza hymn in an extended Hallelujah Metre (126.96.36.199.8.8.8) has heading references to Psalms 27:4, 118:24, and 119:72, and one other (hope I get soon to where I can identify the other books by their abbreviations!). The 1963 hymnal attributes the text to Mrs. C. H. Vinton, matriarch of Karen hymnists. The tune, LISCHER (also called Das Lieben Bringt Groß Freud), is of Swabian folk origin, and achieved its current four-part hymn-tune arrangement under Lowell Mason’s hand. It is associated in English with a Sabbath-themed text “Welcome, delightful morn”.
1) How widely sung (and deeply loved) is it in Karen worship?
2) What does the text say, and can an appropriate 188.8.131.52.8.8.8 three-stanza English counterpart be supplied?
Etikedoj: New Karen Hymnals