Lift up your hearts! We lift them, Lord, to Thee (Charles H. Giffen)

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  • (Posted 2018-02-16)   CPDL #48841:     
Editor: Charles H. Giffen (submitted 2018-02-16).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 99 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC SA
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General Information

Title: Lift up your hearts! We lift them, Lord, to Thee
Composer: Charles H. Giffen
Lyricists: Henry Montagu Butlercreate page and Charles H. Giffen (final stanza).

Number of voices: 4 + 2vv   Voicing: SATB with SS Descants
Genre: SacredHymn   Meter: 10 10. 10 10

Language: English
Instruments: Organ

First published: 2017

Description: Hymn tune St. Philomena includes 2 (double) descants.

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Original text and translations

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1. Lift up your hearts! We lift them, Lord, to Thee;
Here at Thy feet none other may we see;
Lift up your hearts! E’en so, with one accord,
We lift them up, we lift them to the Lord.

2. Above the level of the former years,
The mire of sin, the weight of guilty fears,
The mist of doubt, the blight of love’s decay,
O Lord of Light, lift all our hearts today!

3. Lift every gift that Thou Thyself hast given;
Low lies the best till lifted up to heaven;
Low lie the bounding heart, the teeming brain,
Till, sent from God, they mount to God again.

4. Then, as the trumpet call, in after years,
Lift up your hearts! rings pealing in our ears,
Still shall those hearts respond, with full accord
We lift them up, we lift them to the Lord!

5. Lift up your hearts! Lift up with music voice
And music heart, together, now rejoice!
With lifted heart and lifted voice we raise,
To Father, Son, and Holy Spirit: Praise.

     Henry Montagu Butler (1833-1918), stanzas 1-4.
     Charles H. Giffen (b. 1940), stanza 5.