O Master, it is good to be

O Master, it is good to be. Arthur Penrhyn Stanley* (1815-1881). First published in Macmillan’s Magazine (April, 1870), as part of an article entitled ‘Hymn on The Transfiguration. By the Dean of Westminster.’ It had six stanzas, each beginning ‘Master, it is good to be’. It was altered to ‘O Master’ for The Hymnary (1872), and this became the standard form, apart from ‘Lord! it is good for us to be’, which was the version used in MHB, according to Telford (1933) from Stanley’s own alteration. In the ‘O Master’ form it appeared in EH, SofPE, and RCH. The texts in these books are in four verses, omitting most of Stanley’s verse 1 and the first two lines of verse 2. Verse 1 was as...

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