Hear my words, ye people (Charles Hubert Hastings Parry)
- Editor: Denis Mason (submitted 2004-07-08). Score information: A4, 18 pages, 704 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes:
Title: Hear my words, ye people
Composer: Charles Hubert Hastings Parry
First published: 1894
- Composed for the Festival of the Salisbury Diocesan Choral Association.
- The hymn tune Laudate Dominum was adapted from this anthem in 1915.
Original text and translations
Hear my words, ye people
give ear unto me all ye that have knowledge
Let us choose to us judgement,
let us know among ourselves what is good.
Behold, God is mighty,
and despiseth not any.
He is mighty in strength and in wisdom.
Behold He is great, and we know Him not
Neither can the number of his years be searched out.
The Lord's seat is in heav'n…
Clouds and darkness are round about Him
Righteousness and judgment are the habitation of His seat
He decketh himself with light as with a garment
and spreadeth out the heav'ns like a curtain.
He layeth the beams of His chambers in the waters
and maketh the clouds His chariots.
and walketh upon the wings of the wind
He bowed the heav'ns and came down
and it was dark under His feet.
He rode on the cherubim and did fly,
and came flying upon the wings of the wind.
The Lord's seat is in heav'n
His kingdom ruleth over all
Behold the eye of the Lord is upon them that fear him
and upon them that put their trust in His mercy
To deliver their soul from death.
And to feed them in a time of dearth.
Our soul hath patiently tarried for the Lord
For He is our help, our help and our shield.
He delivered the poor in his affliction
the fatherless and him that hath none to help him
He shall bind up the brokenhearted,
and proclaim liberty to the captives,
and comfort to those that mourn.
He shall give them beauty for ashes:
the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness
For as the earth bringeth forth a bud,
and as the garden causeth things that are sown to spring forth,
so the Lord God will cause righteousness and peace to spring forth before all nations.
The Lord is full of compassion, is full of compassion and mercy,
He hath not dealt with us after our sins,
nor rewarded us according to our wickedness;
For look how high the heav'n is in comparison of the earth
so great is his mercy also toward them that fear Him.
Look how wide also the East is from the West
So far hath He set our sins from us.
O praise ye the Lord
Praise Him in the height
Rejoice in His word
ye angels of light
Ye heavens adore him
by whom you were made
And worship before Him
In brightness arrayed.
O praise ye the Lord,
praise Him upon earth
in tuneful accord
ye sons of new birth.
Praise Him who hath brought you
His grace from above,
praise Him who hath taught you
to sing of his Love.
O praise ye the Lord!
Thanksgiving and song
to Him be outpoured
all ages along;
For love is creation
from heaven restored;
For grace of salvation,
O praise ye the Lord! Amen