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As pants the hart

from Cheerful Voices by Kathryn Rose

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This is one of my favourite settings of Psalm 42. I know it from playing and singing with London Gallery Quire, though I've recorded one more verse than we usually sing in order to better portray the hopeful tone of the psalm near the end. The setting is anonymous, edited by Dr Francis Roads.


As pants the hart for cooling streams,
When heated in the chase,
So longs my soul, O God, for thee,
And thy refreshing grace.

For thee, my God, the living God,
My thirsty soul doth pine;
O when shall I behold thy face,
Thou Majesty divine!

Tears are my constant food, while
thus insulting foes upbraid:
"Deluded wretch! Where's now thy God?
And where his promis'd aid?"

I sigh when'er my musing thoughts
those happy days present,
When I with troops of pious friends
thy temple did frequent:

When I advanc'd with songs of praise
my solemn vows to pay,
And led the joyful sacred throng,
that kept the festal day.

Why restless, why cast down, my soul?
Hope still, and thou shalt sing
The praise of him who is thy God,
Thy health's eternal spring.

New Version of Tate and Brady (1696)


from Cheerful Voices, released December 13, 2013




Kathryn Rose UK

Plays the horn, piano, organ, serpent, portable harmonium and just about anything else that doesn't fight back too vigorously.

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