Lord, in thy name thy servants plead (Thomas Ravenscroft)

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  • (Posted 2022-05-21)  CPDL #69311:       
Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2022-05-21).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 36 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: The hymn with four-part harmony and underlaid words in the version published in The English Hymnal, 1933.

General Information

Title: Lord, in thy name thy servants plead
Composer: Thomas Ravenscroft
Tune: Lincoln
Lyricist: John Keble
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn   Meter: 86. 86 (C.M.)

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella or keyboard

First published: 1621
Description: Descants to the hymn are available here by Alan Gray and Geoffrey Shaw.

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Original text and translations

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Lord, in thy name thy servants plead,
and thou hast sworn to hear;
thine is the harvest, thine the seed,
the fresh and fading year.

Our hope, when autumn winds blew wild,
we trusted, Lord, with thee;
and still, now spring has on us smiled,
we wait on thy decree.

The former and the latter rain,
the summer sun and air,
the green ear, and the golden grain,
all thine, are ours by prayer.

Thine too by right, and ours by grace,
the wondrous growth unseen,
the hopes that soothe, the fears that brace,
the love that shines serene.

So grant the precious things brought forth
by sun and moon below,
that thee in thy new heaven and earth
we never may forgo.