Monk's gate (Ralph Vaughan Williams)

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  • CPDL #15501:            (Sibelius 4)
Editor: John Henry Fowler (submitted 2007-11-22).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 28 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Edition from the Cyber Hymnal™ MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.

General Information

Title: Monk's gate
Composer: Ralph Vaughan Williams

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn   Meter: 11 11. 12 11

Language: English
Instruments: Keyboard

Published: Tune: St. Dun­stan’s, Charles W. Doug­las, 1917; Lyrics: John Bun­yan, Pil­grim’s Prog­ress, 1684; mo­di­fied by Per­cy Dear­mer in The Eng­lish Hymn­al (Lon­don: Ox­ford Un­i­ver­si­ty Press, 1906). Bun­yan wrote these words dur­ing his 12-year pri­son sent­ence for re­fus­ing to con­form to the of­fi­cial state church.

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Cyber Hymnal™ entry for hymn tune “Monk’s Gate":

http://www.hymntime.com/tch/htm/h/w/hwhowvbe.htm

Original text and translations

English.png English text

1.
He who would valiant be ’gainst all disaster,
Let him in constancy follow the Master.
There’s no discouragement shall make him once relent
His first avowed intent to be a pilgrim.

2.
Who so beset him round with dismal stories
Do but themselves confound—his strength the more is.
No foes shall stay his might; though he with giants fight,
He will make good his right to be a pilgrim.

3.
Since, Lord, Thou dost defend us with Thy Spirit,
We know we at the end, shall life inherit.
Then fancies flee away! I’ll fear not what men say,
I’ll labor night and day to be a pilgrim.

Lyrics: John Bun­yan, Pil­grim’s Prog­ress, 1684; mo­di­fied by Per­cy Dear­mer in The Eng­lish Hymn­al (Lon­don: Ox­ford Un­i­ver­si­ty Press, 1906).