O sweetly breathe the lyres above (Frédéric Chopin)

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  • (Posted 2023-04-29)  CPDL #73632:     
Editor: Douglas Walczak (submitted 2023-04-29).   Score information: Letter, 7 pages, 100 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
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General Information

Title: O sweetly breathe the lyres above
Composer: Frédéric Chopin
Arranger: Harry Rowe Shelley
Lyricist: Ray Palmer
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredAnthem

Language: English
Instruments: Organ

First published: 1892
Description: Arranged for SATB chorus by Harry Rowe Shelley

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Original text and translations

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1 Oh, sweetly breathe the lyres above,
When angels touch the quiv’ring string,
And wake, to chant Emmanuel’s love,
Such strains as angel-lips can sing.

2 And sweet, on earth, the choral swell,
From mortal tongues, of gladsome lays,
When pardoned souls their raptures tell,
And, grateful hymn Emmanuel’s praise.

3 Jesus, Thy name our souls adore;
We own the bond that makes us Thine;
And carnal joys that charmed before,
We bow, and give ourselves away.

4 In Thee we trust—on Thee rely;
Though we are feeble, Thou art strong;
Oh, keep us till our spirits fly
To join the bright immortal throng.