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He Gives His Beloved Sleep

Sheet Music: Score

He Gives His Beloved Sleep / music: Andrew Anderson ; text: Psalm 127:1-2.

by Andrew Anderson (2018)


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The anthem is a setting of Psalm 127:1-2. There has been debate as to how "sleep" in verse 2 should be translated, so it is of note is that this setting incorporates two versions (the choir and solo soprano singing "for so he giveth his beloved sleep", with a solo baritone answering "he giveth even as they sleep").

Text (derived from the King James Version):

"Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.

It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep (he giveth even as they sleep)."

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (9p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Medium

Duration: 3 min.

Commissioned by Matthew Williams for performance by St James' Old Cathedral, Melbourne.

First performance by The Old Cathedral Voices, David Brown — 9 Sep 18. St James' Old Cathedral, West Melbourne, VIC

Contribute submitted additional notes:

The divisi sections occur when the soloists are not singing, thereby allowing the anthem to be sung by three male and three female voices provided the soloists join the choir in between their solo lines.

Typeset edition.

ISMN: 979-0-67311-066-3

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