A True Hymne (J. Guy Stalnaker)

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  • (Posted 2018-05-24)  CPDL #49808:       
Editor: J. Guy Stalnaker (submitted 2018-05-24).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 191 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: A True Hymne

Composer: J. Guy Stalnaker
Lyricist: George Herbert

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella (or with organ)

First published: 2018
Description: A strophic setting of the four verses of Herbert's poem A True Hymne. Document is a cover page that includes the text and the music page.

Original text and translations

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My Joy, My Life, My Crown!
My heart was meaning all the day,
Somewhat it fain would say;
And still it runneth mutt'ring up and down,
with only this, My Joy, My Life, My Crown!

Yet slight not these few words;
If truly said, they may take part
Among the best in art.
The finenesse which a hymne or psalme affords,
Is, when the soul unto the lines accords.

He who craves all the minde,
And all the soul, and strength, and time,
If the words onely ryme,
Justly complains, that somewhat is behinde
To make his verse, or write a hymne in kinde.

Whereas if th'heart be moved,
Although the verse be somewhat scant,
God doth supplie the want.
As when th' heart says, (sighing to be approved,)
O, could I love! and stops: God writeth, Loved.