Starting the day (Charles West)

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  • (Posted 2020-06-24)  CPDL #59344:       
Editor: Charles West (submitted 2020-06-24).   Score information: A4, 7 pages, 130 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Starting the day
Composer: Charles West
Lyricist: George Herbert

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SA(A)TB
Genre: SacredAnthem

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 2020

External websites:

Original text and translations

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I cannot ope mine eyes
But thou art ready there to catch
My morning soul and sacrifice,
Then we must needs for that day make a match.

My God, what is a heart ?
Silver, or gold, or precious stone,
Or star, or rainbow, or a part
Of all these things, or all of them in one ?

My God, what is a heart ?
That thou should'st it so eye and woo,
Pouring upon it all thy art,
As if that thou hadst nothing else to do ?

Indeed, man's whole estate
Amounts (and richly) to serve thee ;
He did not heaven and earth create,
Yet studies them, not him by whom they be.

Teach me thy love to know ;
That this new light which now I see
May both the work and workman show ;
Then by a sunbeam I will climb to thee.