Scripture Verse

Jesus took with Him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. There He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light. Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus. Matthew 17:1–3


John Goss (1800–1880)
National Portrait Gallery


Words: Au­re­li­us Pru­den­ti­us, 5th Cen­tu­ry (Qui­cumque Chris­tum Quae­ri­tis). Trans­lat­ed from La­tin to Eng­lish by Ri­chard Mant, An­cient Hymns from the Ro­man Bre­vi­ary (Lon­don: J. G. & F. Riv­ing­ton, 1837), num­ber 56.

Music: Ad­vent (Goss) John Goss, 1872 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tunes:

Richard Mant (1776–1848)


Ye who Mes­si­ah seek
Aloft your eyes in­cline,
And see yon ho­ly mount be­speak
His death­less glo­ry’s sign.

There faith may One be­hold,
Majestic, vast, sub­lime;
Who ne’er be­gan, ne’er ends; con­trolled
By nei­ther space nor time.

’Tis Jud­ah’s king, de­creed
The Gen­tiles’ crown to wear;
The faith­ful Ab­ra­ham’s pro­mised seed,
The roy­al Da­vid’s heir.

The pro­phets Him re­cord,
Of Him the sig­nals give;
The Fa­ther wit­ness­es the Word,
And bids us, hear, be­lieve.

Jesus, be glo­ry Thine,
To babes and suck­lings known;
While in the midst Thy sym­bols shine
Of Heav’n’s tri­un­al throne.