O strength and stay (Louis Bourgeois)

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  • (Posted 2020-12-24)  CPDL #62084:         
Editor: Bob Mounger (submitted 2020-12-24).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 59 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
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General Information

Title: O Strength and Stay
Composer: Louis Bourgeois
Lyricist: St. Ambrose/tr. john Ellertoncreate page

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn   Meter: 11 10. 11 10

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 2020
Description: Vespers hymn from the Divine Office set to the psalm 12 tune from the Genevan Psalter

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Original text and translations

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O strength and stay upholding all creation,
who ever dost thyself unmoved abide,
yet day by day the light in due gradation
from hour to hour through all its changes guide

Grant to life's day a calm unclouded ending,
an eve untouched by shadows of decay,
the brightness of a holy death bed blending
with dawning glories of eternal day.

Hear us, O Father, gracious and forgiving,
through Jesus Christ thy coeternal Word,
who with the Holy Ghost by all things living
now and to endless ages art adored