Dismiss me not thy service, Lord (James Turle)

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  • (Posted 2016-11-25)   CPDL #42054:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2016-11-25).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 29 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Dismiss me not thy service, Lord
Composer: James Turle
Tune: Fairfield
Lyricist: Thomas Toke Lynch

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn   Meter: 86. 86. 86

Language: English
Instruments: Organ



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Original text and translations

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1  Dismiss me not thy service, Lord,
But train me for thy will:
For even I, in fields so broad,
Some duties may fulfil;
And I will ask for no reward,
Except to serve thee still.

2  How many serve, how many more
May to the service come!
To tend the vines, the grapes to store,
Thou didst appoint for some;
Thou hast thy young men at the war,
Thy little ones at home.

3  All works are good, and each is best
As most it pleaseth thee;
Each worker pleases when the rest
He serves in charity;
And neither man nor work unblest
Wilt thou permit to be.

4  Our master all the work hath done
He asks of us today;
Sharing his service, every one
Share too his sonship may:
Lord, I would serve and be a son;
Dismiss me not, I pray.