Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John (Gustav Holst)

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  • (Posted 2023-11-02)  CPDL #76917:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-11-02).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 421 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes:
  • (Posted 2020-07-13)  CPDL #59724:     
Editor: Douglas Walczak (submitted 2020-07-13).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 60 kB   Copyright: Personal
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  • (Posted 2016-04-12)  CPDL #39299:       
Editor: Peter Kaplan (submitted 2016-04-12).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 143 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: With piano reduction for rehearsal only. This edition dedicated to David H. A. Connell, DMA, Director of the Yale Glee Club 1992-2002. Gaudeamus.

General Information

Title: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John
Composer: Anonymous
Arranger: Gustav Holst
Lyricist: Anonymous

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB, with divisi
Genre: SacredFolksong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1917 in Six Choral Folksongs (Gustav Holst), no. 3
Description: A sixteenth-century English folksong. 1917 publication says "From SONGS OF THE WEST by permission of Messrs. Methuen & Co.", but not found in that book.

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Original text and translations

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1 Matthew, Mark and Luke and John,
Bless the bed that I lie on.
Four angels to my bed,
Two to bottom, two to head,
Two to hear me when I pray,
Two to bear my soul away.

2 God is the branch and I the flower,
Pray God send me a blessed hour.
I go to bed some sleep to take:
The Lord, He knows if I shall wake.
Sleep I ever, sleep I never,
God receive my soul for ever.