I strive each action to approve (Charles William Hempel)

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  • (Posted 2012-03-12)  CPDL #25743:        (Sibelius 7)
Editor: Edmund Gooch (submitted 2012-03-12).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 48 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: The alto and tenor parts are printed in the alto and tenor clefs respectively in the source. The quaver B flat in the soprano part on the second half of beat 3 in bar 12 and the corresponding note in the right hand keyboard accompaniment part are printed in the source as quaver grace notes, followed by a crotchet A flat, and have been expanded editorially. The first verse only of the text is underlaid in the source, with the other verses given here printed after the music: these have been underlaid editorially.

General Information

Title: I strive each action to approve
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   Meter: 86. 86 (C.M.)

Language: English
Instruments: Keyboard

First published: 1821 in A Morning and an Evening Service, p. 38
Description: Setting of the last four verses of Psalm 16 in the metrical New Version.

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

I strive each action to approve
To his all-seeing eye:
No danger shall my hopes remove,
Because he still is nigh.

Therefore my heart all grief defies,
My glory does rejoice;
My flesh shall rest in hope to rise,
Wak'd by his pow'rful voice.

Thou, Lord, when I resign my breath,
My soul from hell shalt free;
Nor let thy holy one in death
The least corruption see.

Thou shalt the paths of life display,
That to thy presence lead;
Where pleasures dwell without allay,
And joys that never fade.