Maker of all! Be thou my guard (Joseph Haydn)

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  • (Posted 2016-01-09)  CPDL #38115:           
Editor: Tulipo Petressian (submitted 2016-01-09).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 81 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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  • (Posted 2004-03-29)  CPDL #06865:  Network.png
Editor: Helmut Kickton (submitted 2004-03-29).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 80 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: three version in Bb, C, or D major, with instrumental parts

General Information

Title: Maker of all! Be thou my guard
Composer: Joseph Haydn
Lyricist: James Merrick, on Psalm 41

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: SAB
Genre: SacredAnthem

Language: English
Instruments: A capella (strings, brass in Mr. Kickton's edition)

First published: 1794 in Improved Psalmody, p. 176
Description: A through-composed setting of verses from James Merrick's metrical version of Ps. 41, which was published in the collection Improved Psalmody (1794), compiled by William Dechair Tattersall.

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Original text and translations

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1. Maker of all! Be Thou my guard,
give me, (my strength by Thee repair'd,)
give me to teach the faithless band
to own the justice of thy hand

2. So, while my pray'rs indulg'd approve,
my soul the object of thy love,
my foes, with inward anguish torn,
shall each his blasted triumphs mourn.

3. And I, for Thou thy aid shalt yield,
in innocence of heart, upheld,
thy courts shall ever tread,
and there the fullness of thy presence share

4. O thankful bless th'Almighty Lord,
the God by Jacob's sons ador'd;
with joyful hearts his love proclaim,
and praise, O praise his holy name.

5. His fame, ere time its course began,
o'er heav'n wide region echoing ran;
to him through endless ages raise
one song of oftrepeated praise,

Maker of all! Be Thou my guard.