Transfiguration – hymn – Three disciples saw God’s glory


Three disciples saw God's glory, 
sunlight pouring from Christ's face, 
shielding eyes are almost blinded, 
shaken by God's present grace.
Was it just imagination, 
was that Moses there as well?
Then Elijah stood before them; 
honoured men! Nowhere to dwell!
Seize the moment! Peter babbled, 
'should I build a place for you? 
Place of shelter, place of refuge? 
Moses and Elijah too?'
All at once the vision vanished, 
left them all alone again. 
Stunned disciples cowered in horror, 
wondered were they mad or sane?
Jesus came and gently touched them, 
'never breathe a word,' he said;
hinted at his human suff'ring 
hope, yet hell were both ahead.
From the mountain's awesome grandeur 
they went stumbling to the town, 
with their friend, this God incarnate, 
set to wear a scornful crown.

Andrew Pratt (born 1948)
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Metre: 8 7 8 7 D

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