Just judge of heav'n, against my foes (Charles William Hempel)

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  • (Posted 2011-12-08)  CPDL #25128:        (Sibelius 7)
Editor: Edmund Gooch (submitted 2011-12-08).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 48 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: The source has the fully written-out keyboard accompaniment given here: the title page of Hempel's A Morning and an Evening Service describes the work as 'in Score, with a Separate Accompaniment for the Organ or Piano Forte'. The notes in the soprano part on the first beats of bars 4 and 10, and the corresponding notes in the right hand of the keyboard part, given here as minims, are printed in the source as small minims followed by full-sized semibreves.

General Information

Title: Just judge of heav'n, against my foes
Composer: Charles William Hempel
Lyricists: Nahum Tate and Nicholas Brady (from A new version of the psalms of David)

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

Language: English
Instruments: Keyboard

First published: 1821 in A Morning and an Evening Service, p. 56
Description: A setting of Psalm 43 in the metrical New Version by Charles William Hempel. Original clefs of the voice parts are treble, alto, tenor, and bass. The first verse only of the text is underlaid in the source, where the text of verses 2-4 is given in full after the music of this setting.

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Original text and translations

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Just judge of heav'n, against my foes
Do thou assert my injur'd right:
O set me free, my God, from those
That in deceit and wrong delight.

Since thou art still my only stay,
Why leav'st thou me in deep distress?
Why go I mourning all the day,
Whilst me insulting foes oppress?

Let me with light and truth be bless'd,
Be these my guides to lead the way;
Till on thy holy hill I rest,
And in thy sacred temple pray.

Then will I there fresh altars raise
To God, who is my only joy;
And well-tun'd harps, with songs of praise,
Shall all my grateful hours employ.