Eternal Father (Gustav Holst)

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  • (Posted 2023-10-28)  CPDL #76763:     
Editor: Drew Sellis (submitted 2023-10-28).   Score information: A4, 7 pages, 99 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Eternal Father
Composer: Gustav Holst
Lyricist: Robert Bridges
Number of voices: 6vv   Voicing: SSSATB
Genre: SacredAnthem

Language: English
Instruments: Organ, Bells ad lib.

First published: 1933 in The Church Anthem Book, no. 20

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Original text and translations

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Eternal Father, who didst all create,
In whom we live, and to whose bosom move,
To all men be thy name known, which is Love,
Till its loud praises sound at heaven's high gate.
Perfect thy kingdom in our passing state,
That here on earth thou may'st as well approve
Our service as thou ownest theirs above,
Whose joy we echo and in pain await.

Grant body and soul each day their daily bread:
And should in spite of grace fresh woe begin,
Even as our anger soon is past and dead
Be thy remembrance mortal of our sin:
By thee in paths of peace thy sheep be led,
And in the vale of terror comforted. Alleluia.