Invocation to the Sun and Moon (Tim Porter)

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Editor: Oliver Barton (submitted 2007-08-19).   Score information: A4, 12 pages, 374 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Invocation to the Sun and Moon
Composer: Tim Porter

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB, div.
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published:
Description: Words: translated from the Gaelic by Alexander Carmichael
The Invocation was written for the wedding of two friends. It is a substantial piece that shares some material with "With joy we leave thee".

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Original text and translations

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Bless to me O God the earth beneath my foot,
Bless to me O God the path whereon I go,
Bless to me O God the thing of my desire;
Thou evermore of evermore.
Bless thou to me my rest.
The eye of the great God,
The eye of the God of glory,
The eye of the King of hosts,
The eye of the King of the living,
Pouring upon us at each time and season,
Pouring upon us gently and generously.
Glory to thee thou glorious Sun,
Face of the God of life.
Bless to me the thing whereon is set my mind,
Bless to me the thing whereon in set my love,
Bless to me the thing whereon is set my hope;
O thou King of Kings,
Bless thou to me mine eye.
She of my love is the new moon,
The King of all creatures blessing her:
Be mine a good purpose
Towards each creature of creation.
Holy be each thing which she illumines,
Kindly be each deed which she reveals:
Be her guidance on land with all beset ones,
Be her guidance on sea with all distressed ones.
May the moon of moons be coming through thick clouds
On me and every mortal who is coming through affliction.
May the virgin of my love be coming through dense dark clouds
To me and to each one in tribulation.
May the King of grace be helping myhand,
Now and for evermore;
Till my resurrection day.