Christ is made the sure Foundation (Charles H. Giffen)
- Editor: Charles H. Giffen (submitted 2014-04-11). Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 85 kB Copyright: CC BY NC SA
- Edition notes: Two scores, one without and one with the double descants.
Title: Christ is made the sure Foundation
Composer: Charles H. Giffen
Lyricist: John Mason Neale
Number of voices: 4 + 2vv Voicing: SATB, with SS Descant
Genre: Sacred, Hymn Meter: 87. 87. 87
First published: 2014
Description: The text, known by its Latin name Angularis fundamentum, comprises the stanzas 5 throuh 8 plus the Doxology of J.M. Neale's translation of Urbs beata Jerusalem. The tune is St. Thomas (Wade), after John Francis Wade (1711-1786), as found in Hymns Ancient and Modern (1866), but provided here with a new harmonization with two descants for soprano voices. These two descants are sung, separately, on stanzas 2 & 3, then together for the final stanza and Doxology.
Original text and translations
Christ is made the sure Foundation,
And the precious Cornerstone;
Who, the two walls underlying,
Bound in each, binds both in one;
Holy Zion's Help forever,
And her Confidence alone.
All that dedicated city,
Dearly loved of God on high,
In exultant jubilation,
Pours perpetual melody,
God the One, and God the Trinal,
To the temple, where we call Thee,
Come, O Lord of Hosts, today!
With Thy wonted lovingkindness
Hear Thy people as they pray.
And Thy fullest benediction
Shed within its walls for ay.
Here vouchsafe to all Thy servants
What they supplicate to gain;
Here to have and hold forever forever
Those good things their prayers obtain,
And hereafter in Thy glory
With Thy blessèd ones to reign.
Laud and honor to the Father,
Laud and honor to the Son,
Laud and honor to the Spirit,
Ever Three and ever One;
While unending ages run.