Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John (Gustav Holst)

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  • (Posted 2016-04-12)   CPDL #39299:     
Editor: Peter Kaplan (submitted 2016-04-12).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 143 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: With piano reduction for rehearsal only.

This edition dedicated to David H. A. Connell, DMA, Director of the Yale Glee Club 1992-2002. Gaudeamus.

General Information

Title: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John
Composer: Gustav Holst
Lyricist: from SONGS OF THE WEST by permission of Messrs. Methuen & Co.create page

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB (with divisi)
Genre: SacredFolksong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1916

Description: One of six folksongs in the set.

External websites: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matthew,_Mark,_Luke_and_John

Original text and translations

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1 Matthew, Mark and Luke and John,
Bless the bed that I lie on.
Four angels to my bed,
Two to bottom, two to head,
Two to hear me when I pray,
Two to bear my soul away.

2 God is the branch and I the flower,
Pray God send me a blessed hour.
I go to bed some sleep to take:
The Lord, He knows if I shall wake.
Sleep I ever, sleep I never,
God receive my soul for ever.