I strive each action to approve (Charles William Hempel)
- Editor: Edmund Gooch (submitted 2012-03-12). Score information: A4, 2 pages, 48 kB Copyright: Public Domain
- Edition notes: The alto and tenor parts are printed in the alto and tenor clefs respectively in the source. The quaver B flat in the soprano part on the second half of beat 3 in bar 12 and the corresponding note in the right hand keyboard accompaniment part are printed in the source as quaver grace notes, followed by a crotchet A flat, and have been expanded editorially. The first verse only of the text is underlaid in the source, with the other verses given here printed after the music: these have been underlaid editorially.
Description: Setting of the last four verses of Psalm 16 in the metrical New Version.
Original text and translations
I strive each action to approve
To his all-seeing eye:
No danger shall my hopes remove,
Because he still is nigh.
Therefore my heart all grief defies,
My glory does rejoice;
My flesh shall rest in hope to rise,
Wak'd by his pow'rful voice.
Thou, Lord, when I resign my breath,
My soul from hell shalt free;
Nor let thy holy one in death
The least corruption see.
Thou shalt the paths of life display,
That to thy presence lead;
Where pleasures dwell without allay,
And joys that never fade.