O Saviour, bless us e'er we go (William Henry Monk)

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  • (Posted 2007-11-07)  CPDL #10617:     
Editor: Douglas Walczak (submitted 2007-11-07).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 59 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
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General Information

Title: O Saviour bless us e'er we go
Composer: William Henry Monk
Tune: St. Mathias
Lyricist: Frederick William Faber

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn   Meter: 88. 88 (L.M.) with refrain

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

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Original text and translations

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1  O Saviour, bless us ere we go;
Thy word into our minds instil,
And make our lukewarm hearts to glow
With lowly love and fervent will.
R:Through life's long day and death's dark night,
O gentle Jesus, be our light.

2  The day is done, its hours have run;
And Thou hast taken count of all,
The scanty triumphs grace hath won,
The broken vow, the frequent fall.

3  Grant us, O Lord, from evil ways
True absolution and release;
And bless us, more than in past days,
With purity and inward peace.

4  Do more than pardon: give us joy,
Sweet fear and sober liberty,
And loving hearts without alloy,
That only long to be with Thee.

5  Labour is sweet for Thou hast toiled;
And care is light for Thou hast cared;
Ah never let our works be soiled
With self, or by deceit ensnared.

6  For all we love, the poor, the sad,
The sinful, unto thee we call;
O let Thy mercy make us glad;
Thou art our Jesus and our all.