Swiftly pass the clouds of glory

Swiftly Pass the Clouds of Glory was composed by George Henry Day in 1940. It’s based on Matthew 17:1-8, Mark 9:2-8, and Luke 9:28-36.

The theme is the Transfiguration of the Lord.

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Lyrics

     1. Swiftly pass the clouds of glory,
   Heaven's voice, the dazzling light;
   Moses and Elijah vanish;
   Christ alone commands the height!
   Peter, James, and John fall silent,
   Turning from the summit's rise
   Downward toward the shadowed valley
   Where their Lord has fixed His eyes.

     2. Glimpsed and gone the revelation,
   They shall gain and keep its truth,
   Not by building on the mountain
   Any shrine or sacred booth,
   But by following the Savior
   Through the valley to the cross
   And by testing faith's resilience
   Through betrayal, pain, and loss.

     3. Lord, transfigure our perception
   With the purest light that shines,
   And recast our life's intentions 
   To the shape of Your designs,
   Till we seek no other glory
   Than what lies past Calvary's hill
   And our living and our dying
   And our rising by Your will.
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