Bless God, my soul (Richard Garbett)
- Editor: Edmund Gooch (submitted 2010-02-09). Score information: A4, 2 pages, 35 kB Copyright: Public Domain
- Edition notes: Edition with the keyboard accompaniment as provided in the source. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
First published: 1818 in Sacred Harmony, p. 158
Description: Setting of Ps. 104 in the metrical New Version. Hymn Tune Index tune number 16040.
Original text and translations
Bless God my soul; thou, Lord alone,
Possessest empire without bounds.
With honour thou art crowned: thy throne
Eternal Majesty surrounds.
With light thou dost thyself enrobe,
And glory for a garment take:
Heav'n's curtains stretch beyond the globe,
Thy canopy of state to make.
God builds on liquid air, and forms
His palace-chambers in the skies:
The clouds his chariots are, and storms
The swift-winged steeds with which he flies.
As bright as flame, as swift as wind
His ministers Heav'n's palace fill;
To have their sundry tasks assigned,
All proud to serve their Sov'reign's will.
Earth on her centre fixed he set,
Her face with waters overspread;
Nor proudest mountains dared as yet
To lift above the waves their head.
Firm hast thou fixed the ocean's bounds,
The threat'ning surges to repel;
That they no more o'erpass their mounds,
Nor to a second deluge swell.
Original text and translations may be found at Psalm 104. vv. 1-5, 9.