To the Unknown God (Gustav Holst)

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  • (Posted 2020-07-14)  CPDL #59748:   
Editor: Douglas Walczak (submitted 2020-07-14).   Score information: Letter, 10 pages, 119 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes:

General Information

Title: To the Unknown God
Composer: Gustav Holst
Lyricist: Gustav Holst

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB

Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published: 1911

External websites:

Original text and translations

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He the Primal one,
Begetter of the universe,
Begotten in mystery,
Lord of created things,
Lord of heaven and earth.

Who is he?
How shall we name him when we offer sacrifice?

He, thro' whom are the Primeval waters
which were before aught else.
From their depths arose Fire, the source of life.

Who is he?
How shall we name him when we offer sacrifice?

He, upholder of earth and sea, of snow clad heights,
encompassing the wide regions of air,
Ruling the sky and realms of light.
He whose word is eternal
Giver of breath and life and power.
Sole ruler of the universe,
Dwelling alone in his grandeur:
to whom the gods bow.
Lord of Death,
Whose path is life immortal!

Who is He?
How shall we name him when we offer sacrifice?

Thou alone cans’t fathom Thy mystery;
There is non beside thee.