Teach me, my God and King (Anonymous)

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  • (Posted 2021-02-09)  CPDL #62800:       
Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2021-02-09).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 39 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: The hymn with four-part harmony and underlaid words in the version published in Hymns Ancient & Modern New Standard
  • (Posted 2021-02-09)  CPDL #62799:       
Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2021-02-09).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 87 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: The hymn in the version published in Hymns Ancient & Modern New Standard, melody with words.

General Information

Title: Teach me, my God and King
Composer: Anonymous
Tune: Sandys
Lyricist: George Herbert

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB

Genre: SacredHymn   Meter: 66. 86 (S.M.)

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella or keyboard

First published:
  2nd published: 1983 in Hymns Ancient and Modern, New Standard, no. 240
Description: Melody from William Sandys' Christmas Carols, 1833

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

Teach me, my God and King,
in all things thee to see;
and what I do in anything
to do it as for thee.

A man that looks on glass,
on it may stay his eye;
or, if he pleaseth, through it pass,
and then the heaven espy.

All may of thee partake;
nothing can be so mean
which, with this tincture, For thy sake,
will not grow bright and clean.

A servant with this clause
makes drudgery divine;
who sweeps a room, as for thy laws,
makes that and the action fine.

This is the famous stone
that turneth all to gold;
for that which God doth touch and own
cannot for less be told.