Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise
Composer Richard Proulx
Text Walter C. Smith 1867
Voicing SATB, organ, opt. cong., trumpet
Topics Praise to God, Light
Length 2' 40" Price $1.95 (U.S.) Released 3/93
Catalog no. 425-842 Difficulty Moderately easy
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"Richard Proulx wins again with a concertato for congregation, choir, organ, and trumpet. The trumpet part's tessitura is fairly high, and so may be taken best by a professional player. Stanza three is a setting for choir alone a capella with melody in the tenor. Stanza four has both trumpet and sopranos descanting."-The Hymn, October 1993
"Selah Publishing Co. has given us a new concertato on Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise by Richard Proulx (425-842). The Welsh melody ST. DENIO is paired with the traditional Walter C. Smith text. Some text alterations have been made, especially in the final stanza, so it might be necessary to use the reproducible congregational part which is included. The congregation may join on three stanzas, leaving one stanza for four-part choir alone. One trumpet is required. The conductor's score and instrumental part are available separately (425-843)."-The Hymn, July 1995.
Description A festive and exciting concertato that will inspire the congregation and choir. Proulx has written rich accompaniments, interludes, and descants for soprano and trumpet.
Immortal, invisible, God only wise,
in light inaccessible, hid from our eyes,
most blessed, most glorious, the Ancient of Days,
almighty, victorious, thy great name we praise.
Unresting, unhasting, and silent as light,
nor wanting, nor wasting, thou rulest in might,
thy justice like mountains high soaring above
thy clouds which are fountains of goodness and love.
To all, life thou givest, to both great and small.
In all life thou livest, the true life of all.
We blossom and flourish as leaves on the tree,
and wither and perish, but naught changeth thee.
Great God of all glory, great God of all light,
thine angels adore thee, all veiling their sight.
We too, God invisible, offer our praise;
O light inaccessible, Ancient of Days!
Text: Walter C. Smith, 1867, alt.