I have surely built thee an house (William Boyce)

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  • (Posted 2014-09-12)  CPDL #32918:       
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2014-09-12).   Score information: A4, 12 pages, 298 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transcribed from A collection of anthems and a short service in score for 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 8 voices (London, 1790). Revised files uploaded 18/2/21.

General Information

Title: I have surely built thee an house
Composer: William Boyce
Source of text: 1 Kings 8:13,27-28a,29a,30,37-39a & 9:3

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredVerse anthem

Language: English
Instruments: Organ

First published: 1790 in Collection of Anthems and a Short Service, p. 127

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

13  I have surely built thee an house to dwell in, a settled place for thee to abide in for ever.
27  But will God indeed dwell on the earth? behold, the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house that I have builded?
28a  Yet have thou respect unto the prayer of thy servant, … O Lord my God:
29a  That thine eyes may be open toward this house night and day, even toward the place of which thou hast said, My name shall be there:
30  And hearken thou to the supplication of thy servant, and of thy people Israel, when they shall pray toward this place: and hear thou in heaven thy dwelling place: and when thou hearest, forgive.
37  If there be in the land famine, if there be pestilence…; whatsoever plague, whatsoever sickness there be;
38  What prayer and supplication soever be made by any man, or by all thy people Israel, which shall know every man the plague of his own heart, and spread forth his hands toward this house:
39a  Then hear thou in heaven thy dwelling place, and forgive.
9:3  And the Lord said unto [Solomon], I have heard thy prayer and thy supplication, that thou hast made before me: I have hallowed this house, which thou hast built, to put my name there for ever; and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually.
Amen. Hallelujah.