I saw the Lord (John Stainer)

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  • (Posted 2015-06-05)  CPDL #35661:        (Sibelius)
Editor: Raymond Nagem (submitted 2015-06-05).   Score information: Letter, 16 pages, 239 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Updated 2015-06-22. Follows the double-choir layout of the original Novello edition.
  • (Posted 2008-09-23)  CPDL #18093:     
Editor: Diana Thompson (submitted 2008-09-23).   Score information: A4, 12 pages, 153 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: The word seraphim in bars 28 to 35 should be seraphims. Note values halved.
  • (Posted 2008-01-27)  CPDL #15849:   
Editor: Christopher Walker (submitted 2008-01-27).   Score information: Letter, 16 pages, 265 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: The parts from the beginning of bar 89, page 10, are SATB soli although they are not marked as such in this edition. The parts which enter at bar 134, page 14 (staves 5-8), are the rest of the choir, tutti, whilst the solo voices continue to sing the first four staves of music. Part way through bar 159 the parts revert to the original designation - staves 1-4 are Choir 1 and 5-8 are Choir 2. Note values halved.

General Information

Title: I saw the Lord
Composer: John Stainer
Source of text: First stanza is Isaiah 6:1-4; second stanza is the 3rd verse of Ave, colenda Trinitas, an anonymous Latin hymn of the 11th century, translated by John David Chambers (1803-93)

Number of voices: 8vv   Voicing: SATB.SATB, with SATB soli
Genre: SacredAnthem

Language: English
Instruments: Organ

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

I saw the Lord, sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up,
and his train filled the temple.
Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings;
with twain he covered his face,
and with twain he covered his feet,
and with twain he did fly.
And one cried unto another,
Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord of Hosts:
the whole earth is full of his glory.
And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried,
and the house was filled with smoke.

O Trinity! O Unity!
Be present as we worship Thee,
And with the songs that angels sing
Unite the hymns of praise we bring.