God and the Universe (Charles Villiers Stanford)

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  • (Posted 2024-03-07)  CPDL #79430:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2024-03-07).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 522 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: may be best described as SATBdiv.
  • (Posted 2007-07-31)  CPDL #14602:        (Sibelius 4)
Editor: Robert Nottingham (submitted 2007-07-31).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 96 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score.

General Information

Title: God and the Universe
Composer: Charles Villiers Stanford
Lyricist: Alfred Tennyson, from The Death of OEnone, and Other Poems, 1892

Number of voices: 8vv   Voicing: SSAATTBB
Genre: SacredAnthemPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1906 Boosey & Co.
Description: “God and the Universe” for SATB is his arrangement of his solo song Op. 97, No. 2 (Songs of Faith). Occasionally identified as an anthem or motet, it is typically catalogued as a secular partsong—Tennyson poetry about the Greek mythological character Oenone.

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Original text and translations

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God and the Universe

Will my tiny spark of being wholly vanish in your deeps and heights?
Must my days be dark by reason, O ye Heavens, of your boundless nights,
Rush of Suns, and roll of systems, and your fiery clash of meteorites?
"Spirit, nearing yon dark portal at the limit of thy human state,
Fear not thou the hidden purpose of that Power which alone is great,
Nor the myriad world, His shadow, nor the silent Opener of the Gate."