Seek him that maketh the seven stars (Edward Elgar)

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  • (Posted 2020-06-04)  CPDL #59063:   
Editor: Colin Davey (submitted 2020-06-04).   Score information: Unknown, 12 pages, 807 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Arranged for ATBB (minor alterations: clef of original T1 changed to create A; some revoicing at the end of the first and last choral sections to avoid taking A too low) and Organ

General Information

Title: Seek him that maketh the seven stars
Composer: Edward Elgar
Lyricist: Edward Capel-Curecreate page

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: TTBB
Genre: SacredOratorio

Language: English
Instruments: Orchestra

First published: 1896

Description: The second movement (following the Overture) from Elgar's Oratorio The Light of Life (Lux Christi)

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Original text and translations

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Seek Him that maketh the seven stars and Orion,
and turneth the shadow of death into the morning,
and maketh the day dark with night.
The Lord is His Name.
O give thanks unto the Lord, for His mercy endureth for ever.
Who hath made great lights, the sun to rule the day,
the moon and stars to govern the night.
O give thanks unto the Lord,
who hath made great lights, for His mercy endureth for ever.
Seek ye Him that maketh the seven stars;
the Lord is his name, seek ye Him.
I look for Thee, O Lord, Thee, O Lord, my soul doth wait for Thee,
before the morning watch, I say, before the morning watch,
my soul doth wait for the Lord.
Hear my voice from the deep, I call, Oh, hear my voice.
Seek Him that maketh the seven stars and Orion,
and turneth the shadow of death into the morning.
O give thanks unto the Lord, who hath made great lights,
for His mercy endureth for ever.
O Lord my God, I cried unto Thee, and Thou hast healèd me,
and brought my soul from out of hell,
and turn’d my heaviness to gladness.
The darkness is no darkness with Thee, the night is clear as day.
Seek Him that maketh the seven stars, the Lord is his name,
seek ye Him, seek ye Him.