Monday, February 04, 2013

Anglican Chant XXIV: Psalm 8, Walmisley

My favorite Anglican Chant of all!  (S7 in your 1982, if you're following along at home - and definitely do!  This is a fantastic chant for a congregation to sing; it's just joyous.)  This is one of my favorite Psalms as well; it's sung here by St. Andrew's Schola Cantorum at Choral Evensong, 20 March 2011. Alastair Stout, organ; Peter Luley, conductor.  I think they're in Pittsburgh.

Here's the (Coverdale) text:
Domine, Dominus noster

1. O LORD our Governor, how excellent is thy Name in all the world : thou that hast set thy glory above the heavens!  
2. Out of the mouth of very babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength, because of thine enemies : that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.
3. For I will consider thy heavens, even the works of thy fingers : the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained.
4. What is man, that thou art mindful of him : and the son of man, that thou visitest him?
5. Thou madest him lower than the angels : to crown him with glory and worship.
6. Thou makest him to have dominion of the works of thy hands : and thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet;
7. All sheep and oxen : yea, and the beasts of the field;
8. The fowls of the air, and the fishes of the sea : and whatsoever walketh through the paths of the seas.
9. O Lord our Governor : how excellent is thy Name in all the world!

To hear this Psalm sung to a different chant setting,  see this page.  To hear this chant setting used for a different Psalm, go here instead.

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