Strengthen for Service

  • for choir SATB

  • Duration 2' 30"

commissioned by the choir of St Barnabas, Dulwich, London, 1996


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Strengthen for service, Lord, the hands
That holy things have taken;
Let ears that now have heard thy songs
To clamour never waken.

Lord, may the tongues which 'Holy' sang
Keep free from all deceiving;
The eyes which saw thy love be bright
Thy blessed hope perceiving.

The feet that tread thy holy courts
From light do thou not banish;
The bodies by thy Body fed
With thy new life replenish.

Syrian, 4th century
possibly Ephraim (c 306-373)
translated by Charles William Humphreys (1840-1921)
and Percy Dearmer (1867-1936)