Continue, Lord, to hear my voice (Richard Garbett)
- Editor: Edmund Gooch (submitted 2010-03-23). Score information: A4, 2 pages, 40 kB Copyright: Public Domain
- Edition notes: The interpretation of the turn in bar 34 is an editorial suggestion.
Title: Continue, Lord, to hear my voice
Composer: Richard Garbett
Lyricists: Nahum Tate and Nicholas Brady (from A new version of the psalms of David)
Number of voices: 4vv Voicing: SATB
Genre: Sacred, Hymn Meter: 86. 86. D (C.M.D.)
First published: 1818 in Sacred Harmony (1818), compiled by Richard Garbett, p. 52
Description: Setting of verses 7, 8, 9, 11, 13, and 14, from the metrical New Version of Psalm 27. Hymn Tune Index tune number 16018.
Original text and translations
Continue, Lord, to hear my voice,
Whene'er to thee I cry:
In mercy all my prayers receive,
Nor my request deny.
When us to seek thy glorious face
Thou kindly dost advise,
'Thy glorious face I'll always seek',
My grateful heart replies.
Then hide not thou thy face, O Lord,
Nor me in wrath reject:
My God and Saviour, leave not him
Thou didst so oft protect.
Instruct me in thy paths, O Lord,
My ways directly guide;
Lest envious men, who watch my steps,
Should see me tread aside.
I trusted that my future life
Should with thy love be crowned,
Or else my fainting soul had sunk,
With sorrow compassed round.
God's time with patient faith expect,
Who will inspire thy breast
With inward strength; do thou thy part,
And leave to him the rest.