Scripture Verse

Master, it is good for us to be here. Luke 9:33


Arthur P. Stanley

Words: Ar­thur P. Sta­nley, in Mac­mill­an’s Ma­ga­zine, Ap­ril 1870.

Music: Hayes from So­na­ta Op­us 14, No. 2, by Lud­wig van Beet­ho­ven, 1799 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

  • Tallis’ La­men­ta­tion, me­lo­dy from Day’s Psal­ter, 1562 (🔊 pdf nwc)
Ludwig van Beethoven

Origin of the Hymn

It was re­marked to me by a friend that he knew of no mo­dern Eng­lish hymn on the trans­fig­ur­a­tion, an in­ci­dent of the gos­pel nar­rat­ive so re­mark­a­ble in it­self, so full of man­i­fold in­struct­ion, and so fre­quent­ly read in our Church ser­vic­es, and which pe­rhaps more ful­ly than any oth­er sin­gle scene con­tains the con­cen­tr­ation of the main les­sons of our Lord’s life on earth…

I have en­dea­vored to com­bine, as far as pos­si­ble, the Va­ri­ous thoughts con­nect­ed with the scene.

Arthur Stan­ley

Nutter, p. 73


O Master, it is good to be
High on the mountain here with Thee,
Where stand revealed to mortal gaze
Those glorious saints of other days,
Who once received on Horeb’s height
Th’eternal laws of truth and right,
Or caught the still small whisper, higher
Than storm, than earthquake, or than fire.

O Master, it is good to be
With Thee, and with Thy faithful three;
Here, where the Apostle’s heart of rock
Is nerved against temptation’s shock;
Here, where the Son of Thunder learns
The thought that breathes, and word that burns;
Here, where on eagle wings we move
With him whose last best creed is love.

O Master, it is good to be
Entranced, enwrapt, alone with Thee;
And watch Thy glistening raiment glow
Whiter than Hermon’s whitest snow;
The human lineaments that shine
Irradiant with a light divine;
Till we too change from grace to grace,
Gazing on that transfigured face.

O Master, it is good to be
Here on the holy mount with Thee;
When darkling in the depths of night,
When dazzled with excess of light,
We bow before the heavenly voice
That bids bewildered souls rejoice,
Though love wax cold, and faith be dim,
This is My Son, O hear ye Him.