A song of battle (Charles Villiers Stanford)

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Editor: Rufus Brodersen (submitted 2013-08-10).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 166 kB   Copyright: CPDL


General Information

Title: A Song of Battle
Composer: Charles Villiers Stanford

Number of voices: 1v   Voicing: Solo or Unison
Genre: SacredSacred song

Language: English
Instruments: Organ

Description: Charles Villiers Stanford's fifth Bible Song, opus 113, No. 5. Text: Psalm 124. Intended to be followed by 'Praise to the Lord, the Almighty'.

Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Psalm 124.

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1 If the Lord himself had not been on our side, now may Israel say:
if the Lord himself had not been on our side, when men rose up against us;
2 Then they had swallowed us up alive: when their wrath was kindled against us.
3 Then the waters had overwhelmed us:
the stream had gone over our soul.
4 Then the proud waters : had gone even over our soul.
5 Blessed be the Lord: who hath not given us as a prey unto their teeth.
6 Our soul is escaped even as a bird from the snare of the fowlers:
the snare is broken, and we are delivered.
7 Our help is in the Name of the Lord: who hath made heaven and earth.