Bring us, O Lord God (Charles H. Giffen)

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Original key, F major
  • (Posted 2021-06-06)  CPDL #64660:       
Editor: Charles H. Giffen (submitted 2021-06-06).   Score information: Letter, 6 pages, 112 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC ND
Edition notes: Original scoring in F major, for Alto, Tenor, Baritone, Bass-baritone, and Bass voices.
  • (Posted 2021-06-07)  CPDL #64695:     
Editor: Charles H. Giffen (submitted 2021-06-07).   Score information: Letter, 6 pages, 112 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC ND
Edition notes: Revoicing of original F major work, for Alto, Counter-Tenor, Tenor, Baritone, and Bass voices.
Transposed key, G major
  • (Posted 2021-06-11)  CPDL #64730:       
Editor: Charles H. Giffen (submitted 2021-06-11).   Score information: Letter, 6 pages, 111 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC ND
Edition notes: Transposed edition in G major, scored for Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Baritone, and Bass voices.
  • (Posted 2021-06-19)  CPDL #64808:     
Editor: Charles H. Giffen (submitted 2021-06-19).   Score information: Letter, 6 pages, 113 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC ND
Edition notes: Transposed edition in G major, slightly arranged, for Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano, Alto, Tenor, and Bass voices.

General Information

Title: Bring us, O Lord God
Composer: Charles H. Giffen
Lyricist: John Donne (1572-1631), as adapted by Eric Milner-White (1884-1953),
    from a sermon preached at Whitehall on February 29, 1628
Number of voices: 5vv   Voicings: ATBBB, AATBB, SATBB or SSATB

Genre: SacredMotet

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 2021
Description: This five-part setting was inspired by the singing of the vocal group Ensemble Nobiles of Leipzig, Germany.

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

Bring us, O Lord God, at our last awakening
         into the house and gate of Heaven:
to enter into that gate
         and dwell in that house,
     where there shall be no darkness nor dazzling,
           but one equal light;
     no noise nor silence,
           but one equal music;
     no fears nor hopes,
           but one equal possession;
     no ends nor beginnings,
           but one equal eternity;
in the habitations of thy Majesty and Glory,
         world without end. Amen.