Built on a rock (Ludvig Mathias Lindeman)

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  • (Posted 2020-08-02)  CPDL #59982:   
Editor: Ross Anderson Smith (submitted 2020-08-02).   Score information: A4, 7 pages, 54 kB   Copyright: CC BY
Edition notes: This setting is for upper and lower voices with treble obligato (violin, oboe, etc.) It is suitable for men's, women's or mixed chorus. Running time is 2.0 minutes. Please contact me by email if you download for review or performance. I would appreciate your thoughts on the arrangement.

General Information

Title: Built On A Rock
Composer: Ludvig Mathias Lindeman
Lyricist: N.F.S. Grundtvig

Number of voices: 2vv   Voicing: SB
Genre: SacredAnthem

Language: English
Instruments: Violin

First published: 2020
Description: An old and popular Norwegian Lutheran hymn, with text translated from the original Danish by Carl Döving.

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

Built on the rock the church doth stand,
even when steeples are falling;
Crumbled have spires in every land,
Bells still are chiming and calling;
Calling the young and old to rest,
but above all the soul distressed,
longing for rest everlasting.

Still we our earthly temples rear
better to sing forth, ring for God's praises;
These are the homes where God draws near
and little children embraces.
Here God's word is spoken and heard.
Here God and man their covenant made,
making us heirs of his kingdom.