For lo, I raise up, Op. 145 (Charles Villiers Stanford)

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  • (Posted 2020-12-08)  CPDL #61890:     
Editor: Ross Jallo (submitted 2020-12-08).   Score information: Letter, 20 pages, 1.25 MB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Based on the 1939 Stainer & Bell edition, with obvious errors corrected. The dynamics in the 1939 print are clearly insufficient, but I opted not to provide editorial alterations or suggestions. I encourage any conductor and organist using this edition to add more dynamic markings. (Alternatively, anyone with access to the original manuscript at St George's, Windsor is encouraged to shed light on this matter.)
  • (Posted 2007-09-15)  CPDL #15047:      (Acorn Sibelius 7)
Editor: Peter Gibson (submitted 2007-09-15).   Score information: A4, 10 pages, 823 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Acorn Sibelius 7 file zipped. See talk page for corrections applied by the editor.

General Information

Title: For lo, I raise up
Composer: Charles Villiers Stanford
Source of text: Habakkuk 1.6–12, 2.1–3,14,20 (Revised Version of the Bible, slightly altered)

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

Language: English
Instruments: Organ

First published: 1939 (Stainer & Bell)
Description: Composed during the First World War, but not published until well after Stanford's death.

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Original text and translations

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For, lo, I raise up that bitter and hasty nation,
Which march through the breadth of the earth,
To possess the dwelling places that are not theirs.
They are terrible and dreadful,
Their judgment and their dignity proceed from themselves.
Their horses also are swifter than leopards,
And are more fierce than the evening wolves.
And their horsemen spread themselves,
Yea, their horsemen come from far.
They fly as an eagle that hasteth to devour,
They come all of them for violence;
Their faces are set as the east-wind,
And they gather captives as the sand.
Yea, he scoffeth at kings,
And princes are a derision unto him.
For he heapeth up dust and taketh it.
Then shall he sweep by as a wind that shall pass over,
And be guilty,
Even he, whose might is his God.
Art not thou from everlasting,
O Lord, my God, mine Holy One?
We shall not die.
O Lord, thou hast ordained him for judgement,
And thou, O Rock, hast established him for correction.
I will stand upon my watch and set me upon the tower,
And look forth to see what he will say to me,
And what I shall answer concerning my complaint.
And the Lord answered me and said:
The vision is yet for the appointed time,
And it hasteth toward the end, and shall not lie:
Though it tarry, wait for it, because it will surely come.
For the earth shall be filled
with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord,
As the waters cover the sea.
But the Lord is in his holy temple:
Let all the earth keep silence before Him.