#115: Ivory Palaces

(Part of a series singing through the hymnbook I grew up with: Great Hymns of the Faith)

The one thing interesting about this hymn, melodically, is that in the Refrain the melody passes back and forth between the alto and soprano lines.  There is actually a descant written in.


My Lord has garments so wondrous fine,

And myrrh their texture fills;

Its fragrance reached to this heart of mine,

With joy my being thrills.


Out of the ivory palaces,

Into a world of woe —

Only His great, eternal love

Made my Savior go.


His life had also its sorrows sore,

For aloes had a part;

And when I think of the cross He broe,

My eyes with teardrops start.



His garments too were in cassia dipped,

With healing in a touch;

Each time my feet in some sin have slipped,

He took me from its clutch.



In garments glorious He will come,

To open wide the door;

And I shall enter my heav’nly home,

To dwell forevermore.


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