A Rune Before Prayer (Oliver Barton)

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Editor: Oliver Barton (submitted 2006-02-14).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 158 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: A Rune Before Prayer

Composer: Oliver Barton
Lyricist: Cath Carmichaelcreate page

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularFolksong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 2006
Description: A rune collected from the oral tradition of the Scottish Western Isles by Alexander Carmichael in 1899 and translated by him from the Gaelic. It was used to prepare for prayer. This setting might be used as a meditational anthem, or to set the mood for another more substantial meditational piece.

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Original text and translations

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I am bending my knee
In the eye of the Father of who created me,
I am bending my knee,
In the eye of the Son who purchased me,
In the eye of the Spirit who cleansed me,
In friendship and affection,
I am bending my knee.
Through thine own Anointed One, O God,
Bestow upon us fullness in our need,
I am bending my knee.
Love towards God,
The affection of God,
The smile of God
The grace of God,
The fear of God,
And the will of God.
The smile of God,
The wisdom of God,
The grace of God,
The fear of God,
And the will of God.
To the wisdom of God, do on the world of the Three,
As angels and saints do in heaven;
I am bending my knee.
Each shade and light,
Each day and night,
Each time in kindness,
Give Thou us thy Spirit.