Gird your loins about with truth (Joseph Barnby)

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  • (Posted 2018-11-19)  CPDL #52170:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2018-11-19).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 58 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transcribed from the edition on IMSLP. Note values halved.

General Information

Title: Gird your loins about with truth
Tune: Monteith
Composer: Joseph Barnby
Lyricist: Walter Chalmer Smith

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn   Meter: 777. 3

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1897 in Hymn Tunes, no. 105, p. 59

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

1  Gird your loins about with truth;
Life will not go always smooth,
Singing lightsome songs of youth:
Play, play the man.

2  Learn with justice to keep pace,
Spurning what is vile and base;
Bravely ever set your face
To play the man.

3  Fear not what the world may say,
Hold the strait and narrow way
In the open light of day,
And play the man.

4  They will call you poor and weak,
Being merciful and meek:
Heed them not; so you must seek
To play the man.

5  Have the courage to be true,
Steadfastly the right to do,
Loving him that wrongeth you:
Play, play the man.

6  Trust in God, and let them mock;
They will break, as they have broke,
Like the waves upon the rock:
Play, play the man!