Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John (Gustav Holst)
- Editor: Douglas Walczak (submitted 2020-07-13). Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 60 kB Copyright: Personal
- Edition notes:
- Editor: Peter Kaplan (submitted 2016-04-12). Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 143 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: With piano reduction for rehearsal only. This edition dedicated to David H. A. Connell, DMA, Director of the Yale Glee Club 1992-2002. Gaudeamus.
First published: 1917 in Six Choral Folksongs (Gustav Holst), no. 3
Description: A sixteenth-century English folksong. 1917 publication says "From SONGS OF THE WEST by permission of Messrs. Methuen & Co.", but not found in that book.
Original text and translations
1 Matthew, Mark and Luke and John,
Bless the bed that I lie on.
Four angels to my bed,
Two to bottom, two to head,
Two to hear me when I pray,
Two to bear my soul away.
2 God is the branch and I the flower,
Pray God send me a blessed hour.
I go to bed some sleep to take:
The Lord, He knows if I shall wake.
Sleep I ever, sleep I never,
God receive my soul for ever.