Song of the Transfiguration (Transform us as you transfigured) - Dunstan

This hymn about the transfiguration of Jesus was written by United Church of Canada hymn-writer, minister and prison chaplain Sylvia G. Dunstan (1955-1993).  It is  based on Matthew 17.

With meter 8.7.8.7.8.7, it is set to a 17th century French carol tune, PICARDY, which is better known as Let all Mortal Flesh Keep Silence.

Now-disgraced American Roman Catholic liturgical musician and composer David Haas (b 1957) has composed and released a choral arrangement based on PICARDY, and this appears to be the most widely-used setting - to the point that many people incorrectly credit him with writing the lyrics.  However he did not write either the lyrics or the tune.




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Lyrics

The lyrics are copyright so cannot be reproduced here. But they are currently available on this website. A rough outline is:
1  Transform us as you, transfigured, stood a part on Tabor's height ...

2  Transform us as you, transfigured, once spoke with those holy ones.

3  Transform us as you, transfigured, would not stay within a shrine.

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Transform us as you, transfigured,
Stood a part on Tabor's height.
Lead us up our sacred mountains,
Search us with revealing light.
Lift us from where we have fallen,
Full of questions, filled with fright.

Transform us as you, transfigured,
Once spoke with those holy ones.
We, surrounded by the witness
Of those saints whose work is done,
Live in this world as your Body,
Live in this world as your Body,
Chosen daughters, chosen sons.

Transform us as you, transfigured,
Would not stay within a shrine.
Keep us from our great temptation
Time and truth we quickly bind.
Lead us down those daily pathways
Where our love is not confined.

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