Strengthen for service, Lord, the hands (Anonymous)

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Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2021-04-07).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 40 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: The hymn with four-part harmony and underlaid words in the version published in Hymns Ancient & Modern New Standard
Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2021-04-07).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 92 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: The hymn in the version published in Hymns Ancient & Modern New Standard, melody with words.

General Information

Title: Strengthen for service, Lord, the hands
Composer: Anonymous
Tune: Ach Gott und Herr
Lyricist: Ephraim the Syriancreate page

Translation by Charles William Humphreys and Percy Dearmer [[Charles William Humphreys and Percy Dearmer translations| ]]

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn   Meter: 87. 87

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella or keyboard

First published:
  2nd published: 1983 in Hymns Ancient and Modern, New Standard, no. 421
Description: Melody in Neu-Leipziger Gesangbuch (1682), adapted and harmonised by Johann Sebastian Bach

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

Strengthen for service, Lord, the hands
that holy things have taken;
let ears that now have heard thy songs
to clamour never waken.

Lord, may the tongues which ‘Holy’ sang
keep free from all deceiving;
the eyes which saw thy love be bright,
thy blessèd hope perceiving.

The feet that tread thy holy courts
from light do thou not banish;
the bodies by thy Body fed
with thy new life replenish.