Ye servants of the Lord (Johannes Leisentritt)

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Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2020-11-17).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 34 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: The hymn with four-part harmony and underlaid words in the version published in Hymns Ancient & Modern New Standard
Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2020-11-17).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 72 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: The hymn in the version published in Hymns Ancient & Modern New Standard, melody with words.

General Information

Title: Ye servants of the Lord
Composer: Johannes Leisentritt
Tune: Narenza
Lyricist: Philip Doddridge

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn   Meter: 66. 86 (S.M.)

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella or keyboard

First published:

Description: Melody adapted from Johannes Leisentritt, published in Catholicum Hymnologium, 1584

External websites: https://embassysingers.de/scores/hymns.html

Original text and translations

English.png English text

Ye servants of the Lord,
each in his office wait,
observant of his heavenly word,
and watchful at his gate.

Let all your lamps be bright,
and trim the golden flame;
gird up your loins as in his sight,
for aweful is his name.

Watch! ’tis your Lord’s command,
and while we speak, he’s near;
mark the first signal of his hand,
and ready all appear.

O happy servant he
in such a posture found!
he shall his Lord with rapture see,
and be with honour crowned.

Christ shall the banquet spread
with his own royal hand,
and raise that faithful servant’s head
amid the angelic band.